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Rossi aims to end win drought at scene of last victory

Rossi aims to end win drought at scene of last victory

Currently on a six-race run without an appearance on the top step of the podium, his longest since his debut MotoGP win in 2000, Valentino Rossi this weekend returns to the scene of his last victory as he arrives at Estoril for the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal.

Currently on a six-race run without an appearance on the top step of the podium, his longest since his debut MotoGP win in 2000, Valentino Rossi this weekend returns to the scene of his last victory as he arrives at Estoril for the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal.

A first podium following his move onto Bridgestone tyres at Jerez was highly positive result for him and his team, after he was outfoxed in the final laps of the season-opening race at Losail International which saw him pushed back into fifth place by MotoGP rookie Andrea Dovizioso.

Heading to one of his happiest hunting grounds for round three, Rossi will now want to end his winless streak and score his first Bridgestone victory this weekend in Portugal.

Estoril has been on the calendar since 2000 and Rossi has the best record of any World Championship competitor at the Portuguese track, having won five times and having never finished off the podium there.

The 29 year-old star hopes to round that win figure up to a half dozen on Sunday as he targets a repeat of his hard-fought victory at the circuit last September.

`Estoril last year was a great race, it was a fantastically close battle with Dani Pedrosa and one of the high points of the season for us,´ stated Rossi. `It´s also the last time I won a race and I hope that this is something we can repeat again this time.´

`Jerez was a very important race for us, second place in just our second race with Bridgestone and following the difficult result in Qatar it was very important, plus it gave confidence to everyone involved that our package is really coming together,´continued the Italian.

Looking forward to the third GP of 2008 the five-time MotoGP World Champion noted, `Portugal is usually a good track for us and I´ve had a lot of very good races there, especially with Yamaha. It´s a different time of year to when we raced there last year so the conditions might be a little different, but I think that we´re going to be ready for anything!´

Meanwhile, Davide Brivio, Rossi´s team manager at Fiat Yamaha commented, `We have good memories of Estoril because it is the scene of Valentino´s last victory, but we are actually expecting this Grand Prix to be quite tough for us. Anyway, Valentino likes the track and we go there on the back of a good race at Jerez and a very positive test so our intention is to fight.´

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MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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