Valentino aims to bounce back
After missing the chance to recover ground on Stoner in this year's championship following his sixth-lap crash in Germany, Valentino Rossi says he is relieved to have such an early chance to put things right - with just seven days between the
tenth and eleventh rounds of the season.
Laguna Seca is one of only three circuits on this year's calendar where Rossi has never previously won, a record he is also looking to set straight this Sunday.
"Laguna was a great disappointment for me last year because I wasn't able to finish", says Rossi, who has also yet to take victory at Istanbul Park (Turkey) and Misano (San Marino). "I have never won there and after the disappointment of Germany I am determined to do so this time! I'm really glad we have such a short time between r aces because there's no time to dwell on what happened on Sunday, we just have to focus on Laguna Seca.”
"With the way that our bike and tyres are working now, I think we have a great potential there.
It's a great place to race and I think if they've made the improvements we hope to the track then it will be a good weekend. The championship is long and the important thing is to get as many points as possible from every race and arrive at the end still fighting."