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Rossi looking to continue Oz winning tradition

Rossi looking to continue Oz winning tradition

Rossi looking to continue Oz winning tradition

Valentino Rossi's memorable title success at Phillip Island last year was perhaps the most famous of his six Grand Prix victories at the circuit. For the past four seasons the Italian has dominated the MotoGP race in Australia but he also tasted success in previous seasons, winning the 250cc race in both 1998 and 1999. There is no doubt that the legendary track is a special venue for Rossi, although he revealed an even deeper affinity with the country itself ahead of the fifteenth round of the season.

"Australia is one of my favourite countries," says Rossi. "I always have a good time in Melbourne and in Phillip Island and once I made a trip to Surfers Paradise with some of my team. I really like the country and I always have fun there. It's an important race for me because most of my mechanics are Australian so it's their home race, like Mugello is for me."

"Phillip Island is a great track, maybe my absolute favourite, and I have some wonderful memories of racing there. Winning the 500cc championship for the first time in 2001 was very special and of course winning the championship for Yamaha last year, which was probably the best title of them all. The track is very fast, very beautiful, and the Yamaha seems to work well there."

"I have had some great, great battles there in the past - two years ago I managed to escape from Capirossi but last year was a hard battle with Gibernau until the last lap. In some parts I was faster than him and some other places slower and for sure it was a lot of fun for everybody watching. I have many rivals who can do well at Phillip Island so we will see this weekend."

"Sometimes the weather is not so good and I hope it's a bit warmer than last year! Still, I am looking forward to it. We had some small problems testing there in the winter but when we tested at Sepang everything was great but during the race weekend we had some problems, so I hope that for Phillip Island it's the opposite!"


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