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In focus: Rossi's win wishlist

In focus: Rossi's win wishlist

Victory at Istanbul Park would enable MotoGP star Valentino Rossi to cross another race off his ‘to win' list, which consists of only three circuits on the 2007 calendar.

Victory at Istanbul Park would enable MotoGP star Valentino Rossi to cross another race off his ‘to win' list, which consists of only three circuits on the 2007 calendar. In two attempts, Rossi has taken second and fourth at the Turkish track, but the top step of the podium has so far proved elusive for the Fiat Yamaha rider.

Rossi started collecting MotoGP winners' trophies in 2000, his rookie year in the premier class. His opening triumph came at Donington Park, and he added to this with victory in Brazil, although the South American circuit does not play host to a race in 2007.

The following year ‘The Doctor' stood on the top step of the podium on 11 occasions, opening his account at a large number of tracks which continue to be featured in the championship to this day. Amongst them, Rossi was triumphant at Jerez, Catalunya, Brno, Estoril, Motegi, Phillip Island and Sepang whilst riding for the factory Honda team in his maiden championship-winning season.

2002 saw the Italian add another four new races to his list of achievements, once again clocking 11 victories and taking the title in style. Le Mans, Mugello, Assen and Sachsenring were all conquered by Rossi for the first time, with the second being particularly sweet at his home track.

A third title was already in the bag when Rossi crossed the finish line first at Valencia in 2003, but with that win he marked his maiden victory at the Ricardo Tormo track. It was to be his last race for Honda before he made the switch to the factory Yamaha team for 2004.

Although the victories kept on coming in 2004, it wasn't until 2005 that the five time World Champion earned one at a previously winless circuit. The first ever race on Chinese soil, a wet affair in which Rossi held off wild card Olivier Jacque, was the start of a five race winning streak for the Italian, who later that year won in Qatar to complete his list up until the present day.

The tracks at which Rossi has failed to make his mark are Laguna Seca, at which he retired when he was in fourth place after suffering a mechanical failure last season, the Misano circuit which has not featured on the MotoGP calendar since his arrival in MotoGP, and Istanbul Park.

Currently leading the championship and on sterling form thus far in 2007, Rossi is one of the firm favourites to cross the chequered flag first in Turkey and, in doing so, leave just two races on his wishlist.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Valentino Rossi

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