A long and hard season comes to an end
A difficult campaign comes to an end for Valentino Rossi at Valencia with the sole target of sealing the runner-up spot in the championship.
The five-time MotoGP World Champion has not finished outside the top two at any level
of the championship since taking ninth in his rookie 125cc season of 1996 and he is keen to maintain that run with a single point on Sunday.
“The last race in Malaysia was a disappointment but also very encouraging because, on race day, everything worked very well”, says Rossi. “Hopefully we can use this to start on a good note at Valencia because Sepang showed how important it is to start from the front. Valencia has usually been a good track for me, although I don't have such great memories from last year!”
“It's been a long and hard season and now we've finally arrived at the last race and we are all hoping that we can have a good weekend. More than anything I want to win and give everyone in the team a happy end to the season; motivation is still very high and we will be doing the best we can in Valencia.
Second place is not first but it is still important because I have not been outside the top two since 1996 and I want to keep that going.”