The Doctor wants to win again
Valentino Rossi heads north to Donington Park after a brief stay in his hometown of London.
The 28-year-old has lived in the English capital since 2000 and has built up an army of local fans, who have cheered him to victory on seven
occasions at the East Midlands circuit.
After conceding defeat to Dani Pedrosa when riding through injury to second place last year, Rossi is doubly keen to lead the celebrations again this time around.
"Donington is always like my second home race because I live quite close, in London", says Rossi. "It's one of my favourite racetracks in the world and I've had some fantastic victories there in the past, including my first ever 500cc win back in 2000 after a great battle with Jeremy McWilliams and Kenny Roberts. Last year I had a bad injury after my problem in Assen but I was still able to finish second, which was a great achievement I think.”
"This year though it's going to be really hard of course with Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa riding so well at the moment.
Even though it hasn't been one of his best tracks in the past I am expecting Casey to be strong again and Dani won last year so we can expect him to be fighting too. Anyway, it's a great track, fun to ride, the straight is not too long and the fans there are wonderful, so I hope we can win again!"