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Rossi eyes another record

Rossi eyes another record

Rossi eyes another record

Serial record-breaker Valentino Rossi heads to Qatar this weekend with history in his sights once more as he looks to consolidate his lead at the top of the MotoGP World Championship. After missing out on his seventh win of the season to Makoto Tamada at Motegi last week, victory at the Losail International Circuit gives Rossi another chance to equal Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey's record of wins in a season by a Yamaha rider.

Despite tackling each of the twelve circuits so far this season for the first time on his YZR-M1, Rossi has taken six wins and four pole positions and is confident of another top performance to make up for the relative disappointment of second place in Japan.

"The bike was working really well in Motegi," says Rossi. "There were problems with it sliding towards the end of the race and I thought it was better to hold on to second place and valuable points than to push any harder and risk falling.

"Anyway Tamada was so strong that I don't think it was possible to beat him. We need to continue the same level of work for the rest of the season, remain concentrated and pull off good results for the remaining four races."

The Losail circuit, just outside the capital city of Doha, is already piquing Rossi's imagination. "I've been looking forward to Qatar and waiting for a chance like this for a long time," said Rossi.

"It's such a long time since we went to a new track, at least one that's new to everyone. It will be the chance to see who is really the best rider, as we will be making new lines on a new surface. It's going to be so hot, and it will be hard to make it through the whole race in such conditions."

Rossi has seen the new MotoGP venue first hand and came away impressed with the job at hand. "I have already visited the Losail circuit for the foundation ceremony in December," affirmed Rossi. "It seems like a really good place, and I hope it will be a good competition. I really hope a lot of people come to watch us.

"In a way it's like every other race for us because we're setting the M1 up at new circuits all the time this year. We seem to be good at getting the best out of it in limited time. I think there are something like 15 corners at the Qatar circuit, more than almost any other, so that should be interesting."

MotoGP, 2004, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Valentino Rossi

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