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Rossi on five race winless run

Rossi on five race winless run

With his last victory having come back at last year's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, Valentino Rossi is currently on a winless streak of five races.

With his last victory having come back at last year's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, Valentino Rossi is currently on a winless streak of five races. This sequence of results represents the five time MotoGP World Champion's longest time off the top step of the podium since his first win in the top class at Donington in 2000.

Despite his comparatively dry patch, the past five races have not been entirely unsuccessful for the Italian. During this time he has stepped onto the podium on four occasions, only missing out on a rostrum place at the final (and crucial) race of the season at Valencia when a crash left him in a lowly 13th. Rossi has finished 2nd in Portugal after a final lap shootout with Toni Elias, a position he also took behind Loris Capirossi in Japan and, most recently, Casey Stoner last weekend in Qatar. At the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island ‘The Doctor' was again on the podium, this time in third place for the first ever ‘flag-to-flag' race.

Far from struggling, Rossi has been near-perfect in qualifying over the last handful of races. He has started from pole for the last three races, increasing his overall MotoGP total to 36, and was last off the front row way back at the US round of the 2006 World Championship at Laguna Seca.

With the Fiat Yamaha rider's pedigree in MotoGP, very few would bet against a victory for Rossi this season, one which would equal Eddie Lawson's record of 26 for the factory in the premier class.

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MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Valentino Rossi

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