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Pride and personal records at stake for Rossi

Pride and personal records at stake for Rossi

For the first time in Valentino Rossi's career, the Italian will be riding the last three rounds of a season with no chance of taking the world title.

For the first time in Valentino Rossi's career, the Italian will be riding the last three rounds of a season with no chance of taking the world title. However, as the Yamaha factory rider explains, there is still plenty of motivation heading into the GMC Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

"Our championship is over but we still want to win and find a way to finish the season in a good way," says Rossi. "Japan was very disappointing but we had a good test on the Monday after the race and we found some things that we hope will help us for the final three races. Phillip Island is one of my favourite tracks, I've won there many times and I have some great memories of it, especially winning my first championship with Yamaha there in 2004.

"I am determined to have a good race there. It's an especially important race because many of my mechanics are Australian, so for them it's their home race. I love the track and Phillip Island is a special place; I'm really looking forward to this race. It's a pity that we couldn't keep the championship alive a bit longer but we have no pressure now, we will just take it race by race and try to win all three."

Rossi has won five times at Phillip Island in the premier class, and another victory would make the Australian circuit the second circuit at which he has triumphed on six occasions, alongside Mugello.

Team-mate Colin Edwards is also looking for a positive result as his season comes to a close, and has a particular demon to put to rest in Australia. The Texan was the first to crash last year when the race turned wet; one of the few tumbles on the veteran Yamaha rider's recent record.

"Motegi was a bit of a disaster for the whole team but we got on with things immediately with a test on Monday and we made some very good progress with tyres," said Edwards. "The idea was to find something that might help us for the final three races and it felt like we made some good steps. Phillip Island's probably one of my favourite tracks and it's always a fantastic feeling to ride a MotoGP bike there.

"I know it very well because I raced there with a Superbike too and I've always gone well there. I had a bad time last year in the wet race, so with any luck the weather will be a bit kinder to us this year, we certainly deserve a bit of a break on that front! I know I've said it over and over but I am determined to get back on the podium before the end of the season and I do believe we have the tools to do it."

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MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi

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