Valentino Rossi never has been the shy, retiring type, so it came as little surprise that he broke a gentleman's gag order and spoke to media about his return to Yamaha after testing was washed out Wednesday at Aragon.
Rossi is still under contract to Ducati, which he joined after the 2010 season, for a few more weeks and was quiet after turning 28 laps on a Yamaha M1 in wet conditions Tuesday at Valencia before the Crossed Tuning Forks packed up and headed to Aragon for testing Wednesday. That gamble failed when it rained at Aragon and cleared at Valencia.
But The Doctor, who won four World Championships for Yamaha between 2004-10, still got a good sense for his new bike and old team after limited track time.
"It is very nice to return to a team like this, where I reunited with many friends and people I worked for seven years," Rossi said. "I'd say we're all happy. I have the feeling as if I had never left Yamaha.
"Sensations (of the bike) immediately are very good. I only did a few laps in the wet, went pretty well. I had a good feeling. I've always liked this bike, even if the wet is not very significant."