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Rossi ready for title showdown

Rossi ready for title showdown

Rossi ready for title showdown

Valentino Rossi is ready to race for his fourth straight MotoGP World Championship title this weekend, his first with Yamaha, at one of his strongest circuits on the sixteen round calendar. The Italian has taken five previous victories at Phillip Island, including the last two in the MotoGP class, and will win the title in Australia if Sete Gibernau does not outscore him by more than five points.

"I love Phillip Island, it's one of my favourites and I've always managed to ride well there," said Rossi. "We did a lot of testing there during the winter and got some good results. I think we can do well there again. The bike has changed so much since then, the Yamaha engineers and my crew have done a fantastic job.

"The most important thing for us this weekend will be to remain more than a hundred percent focused, as we did last weekend. There is always room for error, as we found out in Qatar.

"We had thought we were well ahead in the championship but we were wrong. So this weekend is going to be tough, and for sure a spectacular battle. We can't afford to think it's over, we need to use tactics and commit ourselves like we did in Sepang.

"Each victory with Yamaha this year has meant so much to me, it's definitely been a special year. There is of course still room for improvement, things we can do to improve the M1, but I think Phillip Island suits this bike and hopefully we can make a good job of it."


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