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Rossi heads to Barcelona gunning for four in a row

Rossi heads to Barcelona gunning for four in a row

MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi will be aiming for a fourth consecutive win this weekend, after his victories in China, France and his native Italy.

Fiat Yamaha´s title-chasing Valentino Rossi makes the journey across the Mediterranean from Italy to Catalunya this week, as he goes in search of a fourth successive victory at the seventh race of 2008.

Having achieved a remarkable seventh straight home win at Mugello the brilliant Italian rider now heads for the Catalunya circuit at Montmelo, where he also boasts a superb record. The 29 year-old is the most successful rider in history at the Barcelona track, with eight wins and eleven consecutive podium appearances to his name at the scene of round seven.

Rossi´s magical home victory on Sunday extended his standings lead to 12 points over Repsol Honda´s Dani Pedrosa and the five-time former MotoGP World Champion will look to consolidate that advantage at a venue where he remains the only rider to have taken victory in all three Grand Prix classes.

The Yamaha rider went from a record setting pole position to second place at Catalunya last year but is determined to return to the form he showed there when dominating for the previous three seasons.

`Mugello was a fantastic victory and it´s a great feeling to have won three races in a row this season, only one less than we won in the whole of last season!´ stated Rossi. `Last year I had a great fight with Casey Stoner at Catalunya but I couldn´t quite beat him. However, this year our bike and tyres are working brilliantly and so I am confident that we will be able to fight. We will be very motivated and hard to beat.´

Davide Brivio, Rossi´s Fiat Yamaha Team Manager, added, `With this race coming so soon after Mugello we´re still on a high after our exciting win there and now we must try to do the same again in Spain. Our rider, our bike and our tyres are working very well together and so I hope we can remain concentrated and focused and try to make the most of a visit to another of Valentino´s favourite tracks.´


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