Valentino Rossi recited all the politically correct lines after his departure from Ducati and return to Yamaha was confirmed late in the 2012 MotoGP season.
Rossi said he needed to ride on a refined package like the Yamaha M1 to prove to himself he still could win. He said he was coming back to Yamaha as the No. 2 rider behind 2012 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, with whom he had a frosty relationship as Yamaha teammates in 2008-10.
But a recent interview with Mediaset television proved either Rossi's confidence is growing after his first, ahem, brief, test on the M1 last week or that his deference to Lorenzo is all a big act.
Rossi told the interviewer that his ultimate goal in the next two seasons was to win the MotoGP World Championship. When asked what would be his biggest failure the next two years, Rossi replied, "Pessimism would be to not ever get to finish ahead of Lorenzo."