“As long as possible”
Valentino Rossi's fourth win of the season was his 29th for Yamaha and with four races remaining before the end of the year he is keen to add to that tally.
The 28-year-old's army of Japanese fans will be supporting him all the way this weekend
at a circuit he admits is not high up on his list of favourites – despite holding the lap record of 1'47.288 – and he plans to continue his winning ways.
“Portugal was a great, great race and it was fantastic to win again after so long”, said Rossi. “Now we go straight to Motegi and the motivation and confidence within the team is very high. We know that our rivals are always very strong in Motegi and we expect the same from Stoner this year, but I've never won there with Yamaha so I will be doing my best to change that this week.”
“We're not thinking of the championship, we know it's probably out of our reach, but we can do the best we can to try to keep it open for as long as possible and this will be our goal next week.
Our top speed is much better with the new engine, our tyres worked well in Portugal and now we hope we have the same situation again in Japan.”