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Rossi aiming to end winless streak

Rossi aiming to end winless streak

Looking to halt a run of five races without a MotoGP victory which extends back to Portugal last September, the Gran Premio bwin.com de España may provide the perfect opportunity for Valentino Rossi, given his superb record at Jerez.

Looking to halt a run of five races without a MotoGP victory which extends back to Portugal last September, the Gran Premio bwin.com de España may provide the perfect opportunity for Valentino Rossi, given his superb record at Jerez.

Rossi needs to win on Sunday in order to avoid recording his longest winless streak since his debut MotoGP victory at Donington Park in 2000 and perhaps more pertinently to prevent any of his premier class rivals from building up too much of an advantage in the 2008 general standings.

The five-time MotoGP World Champion was somewhat off the pace at round one in Qatar, bringing his Yamaha M1 home in fifth place after qualifying seventh for his first race with new tyre suppliers Bridgestone, but could well prove to be a different proposition in southern Spain – which has previously been a happy hunting ground for him.

The Doctor's 'Rossi's love affair with the Spanish fans stretches back to 1996, when he took the first of his six victories in all classes at Jerez. Five of those wins have come in the premier class, including two with current team Yamaha, in 2005 and last year – when he held off Dani Pedrosa to end what was then also a five-race winless run.

Taking stock of his current position, Rossi states: `Obviously Qatar didn't turn out quite as we hoped but we took away a lot of positives from the weekend. We saw how competitive both our bike and the Bridgestone tyres are, and this is very exciting for the season ahead.´

Looking ahead to the weekend's action, at the scene of two winter practice visits, the 29 year-old star comments: `We did some excellent work at the Jerez test in February and I was able to have great fun riding the bike, so now I'm really looking forward to going to race there. It's a great track to ride on, it's quite technical and it usually seems to suit our bike quite well.´

`We know we have a big job facing us, especially after the result of Qatar, so we will be aiming to make the most of the few hours of practice time that we have available to us to refine our package. Jerez is a great track for me and I have had some wonderful races there in the past, including a brilliant win last year.´

Referring to the return to daylight racing he adds: `It will be nice to return to a ‘normal' racing schedule, even if I enjoyed the night racing in Qatar, and I have always felt very at home racing in Spain. Most importantly, there's always a fantastic atmosphere in Jerez with the fans coming from all over the country. It's like one big crazy party.´

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MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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