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Phillip Island welcomes MotoGP title climax

Phillip Island welcomes MotoGP title climax

Phillip Island welcomes MotoGP title climax

The Phillip Island circuit today opened its doors to the MotoGP World Championship paddock and welcomed the climax of one of the most exciting seasons in the history of the sport. With Valentino Rossi just one step away from becoming only the second rider ever to win consecutive titles with different manufacturers and a record of five previous victories at this circuit, the Italian's legacy on Australian shores promises record crowds.

Rossi needs to finish in the top two positions to secure the premier-class title for the fourth successive season but is taking a cautious approach as he looks to celebrate an historic first season with Yamaha in fitting style.

Local hero Troy Bayliss is also looking forward to extra support from the home crowd but started the weekend in despondent mood after announcing that he will part company with Ducati at the end of the season.

Max Biaggi has celebrated victory several times in the past at the Eastern Creek circuit during his 250cc days, but the Italian admitted that he was far happier racing at Phillip Island, a circuit he described as "so special."

Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa said it will take just a couple of laps of the Phillip Island circuit on Friday morning to banish the bitter memories of his last visit to Australia. The Spanish youngster broke both of his ankles in the first free practice session for last year's 125cc race but is hoping for better luck this weekend as he looks to score the two points he needs to clinch the 250cc World Championship title.

Andrea Dovizioso has no reason to think about anything else this weekend after clinching the 125cc title at Sepang on Sunday. The Italian today said that he was aiming to sign off the season in style before following previous World Champion Pedrosa to the 250cc class in 2005.

Hear from all five riders at the Cinzano Australian Grand Prix pre-event press conference by clicking on the video link at the top of the page.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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