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Rossi still chasing Doohan's record

Rossi still chasing Doohan's record

Rossi still chasing Doohan's record

Yamaha's Valentino Rossi arrives at Valencia with a chance of equalling Mick Doohan's record of twelve premier-class victories in a single season and also his own record of 16 podium finishes in a season. In addition, Rossi could surpass his own record points total for a season of 357 which he achieved in 2003. All these records have been made more attainable with there being 17 races in the season for the first time, but the World Champion will be up against tough competition and is once again expecting a tough battle with the likes of Melandri and Hayden.

"Some new young riders have come to the front of the field over the last few races and I am sure we'll have another big battle in Valencia," explained Rossi. "Of course I am not old and I hope that I have a few more years at the top yet! I am looking forward to Valencia and we hope our bike works well there and that we can find a good setting straight away."

"In Valencia we will really try for the win again; last year we won there with Yamaha and I also won the year before; I like ending the season with a victory! It is still possible for me to equal Doohan's win record and beat my own, and this is my aim for the last race. Our bike goes well in Valencia and it's always a great race. It is Spain, there are always lots of people and the fans are wonderful. It's always a big party for everyone!"

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MotoGP, 2005, G. P. betandwin.com DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Valentino Rossi, Mick Doohan

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