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Milestone win for Rossi could resurrect The Doctors title challenge

Milestone win for Rossi could resurrect The Doctors title challenge

Some 44 points behind World Championship leader Casey Stoner in the overall classification, Valentino Rossi has a tough task ahead of him in his quest to regain the MotoGP crown.

Some 44 points behind World Championship leader Casey Stoner in the overall classification, Valentino Rossi has a tough task ahead of him in his quest to regain the MotoGP crown. Having last year converted a 51 point defecit to a championship lead before missing out on the title in the last race of 2006, the Italian is not to be ruled out despite his heavy disadvantage - and he has one extra race in which to catch up with his Australian rival when MotoGP returns to Misano.

In the six races following the 2006 summer break, Rossi was only off the podium at the final Grand Prix of the season in Valencia. During this time he took full advantage of eventual World Champion Nicky Haydens dip in form, which enabled him to claw back the gap despite only winning once in the latter part of the year (at Sepang in Malaysia)

In the post-Laguna Seca title run-in, Rossi scored 104 points from six races whilst Stoner managed just 38. Few would argue that the form of the current series leader is very different to that which he experienced last term, and a repeat of such a low total is unlikely barring a huge derailment of the Stoner bandwagon.

In the immediate future, Rossi heads to a track where he has a strong pedigree and fond memories, having scored his very first Grand Prix win at Brno in the 125cc race back in 1996. The only time that he has failed to finish either first or second in a MotoGP race at the Czech circuit was in 2002, when he suffered a tyre problem whilst battling for the lead. A return to winning ways would also give Italy 200 victories in the premier class, extending their record as the most successful nation in MotoGP history.

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MotoGP, 2007, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Valentino Rossi

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