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Rossi targets team goal

Rossi targets team goal

Rossi targets team goal

After being crowned MotoGP World Champion for the fourth successive season in Australia last week, Valentino Rossi is looking forward to one final challenge at the final round of the season at Valencia next Sunday.

Rossi's Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha team leads the Team Championship by just one point and it will be up to both the Italian and his team-mate Carlos Checa to finish the season on respective high notes and help secure the only title that remains undecided in this year's World Championship.

"I wanted to go to Valencia with the championship itself closed and that is now possible," said Rossi. "Before our championship victory in Australia I was feeling a little scared of Valencia because the Spanish riders always go for it so much.

"I know Sete will be going for it there and it would have been a really pressured showdown. I am still really looking forward to racing there, it will be a lot less pressure for me now. I still want a great result of course!"

The very nature of the Valencia circuit may not play into Rossi's hands. His victory on the Honda last season was his first at the Spanish track in any class and he admits a lack of data with the Yamaha could add to his problems this weekend.

"I was never certain that Valencia would be a good track for the M1 because we haven't tested there," continues Rossi. "We knew that we could do well at Sepang and Phillip Island, the last two tracks, because of the good results of our tests earlier in the season. Valencia could be another matter, but we will see."

Rossi is looking forward to the last leg of his remarkable 2004 campaign and even further ahead to his continued collaboration with Yamaha in 2005. "We will have another great battle in Valencia but for sure I am staying with Yamaha next year," he added.

"It is going to be hard next year because Sete and Max will be on factory Hondas, and will come back very strong. But we too will be even stronger than this year, because we have all the data from the full season."


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