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Party continues for Rossi with Australian treat

Party continues for Rossi with Australian treat

Valentino Rossi is aiming to keep the party going after his title triumph, with a visit to one of his favourite tracks this weekend.

One week on from his 2008 World Championship victory, Valentino Rossi has another chance to get out on track when the series heads to Phillip Island this weekend. The Fiat Yamaha racer has a particular affinity for the Australian circuit, and wants to reward the efforts of his longtime ally Jeremy Burgess and the rest of the team´s Australian contingent with a sixth consecutive race victory.

`As everyone knows Phillip Island is one of my favourite tracks, maybe the best of all, and it´s an incredible feeling to race there. I have won there so many times in my career and losing for the last two years has made me sad so now I have one aim – to win!´ says the focused MotoGP World Champion, who took the 2004 title at the track with a race victory. `It´s a special place, the fans are always fantastic and it´s the home race for four of my team so I want to do it for them to thank them for their work this year.´

The pressure now off Rossi, the final trio of races will allow the Italian to enjoy himself onboard the 2008 version of the Yamaha M1, before testing next year´s version at the season´s end.

`It's been a couple of days and I am starting to get used to being world champion again; it is a truly wonderful feeling! On Sunday we had a great party with my team and my friends who had come out to the race, and then on Monday we were meant to test some things for the 2009 bike but the rain came and we had to cancel it,´ comments the 29 year-old of the aborted post-race run.

`Actually I was quite disappointed because I was looking forward to seeing what we had, but now we will wait to Valencia. Anyway, now we have three more races, at tracks which I love, and I am so excited to be able to just have fun at all of them.´

A victory for Rossi at Australia would give him 58 victories from 116 races in the four-stroke MotoGP era, an astonishing success rate of 50%. Rossi´s win percentage in the premier class? A fitting 46%.

MotoGP, 2008, AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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