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Rossi heads to Valencia with more records on his mind

Rossi heads to Valencia with more records on his mind

The 2008 MotoGP World Champion goes into the final round of the year with more possible records to add to his long list of achievements.

A brilliant season for Valentino Rossi is set to conclude this weekend with an eighth World title already secured and the points record for a season within his sights.

The Italian has amassed 357 points from seventeen races in 2008 thus far and needs eleven more points to break the record for the highest tally in a single campaign, meaning fifth place or better would take him above the benchmark which he set in 2005 and was equalled by Casey Stoner last year.

A rostrum finish would also equal his own record of most podiums (sixteen) in a single season in the MotoGP class, set in 2003 from 16 races and equalled in 2005 from seventeen races. Simply finishing in the points would see the legendary Fiat Yamaha man equal Casey Stoner´s 2007 record of point scoring finishes in a year (eighteen).

Also this weekend Rossi is set to make his 150th start in the premier-class, having never missed a race since his 500cc debut at the opening race of the 2000 season at Welkom in South Africa. Only six other riders have made more starts in the category – namely Alex Barros (245 starts), Carlos Checa (192), Loris Capirossi (170), Kenny Roberts Jnr (167), Jack Findlay (155) and Sete Gibernau (154).

Rossi has had two difficult visits to Valencia´s Ricardo Tormo circuit in recent years, conceding the title to Nicky Hayden there in 2006 and then losing out to Dani Pedrosa for second place in the standings there last season.

`It´s been a fantastic season and the win on Sunday in Malaysia was great, but I am not finished yet and I want to reward my team, Yamaha and Bridgestone for a fantastic season with the best possible result on Sunday,´ stated Rossi.

`I have had two bad years at Valencia and I have some memories I would like to forget with a good result there this year,´ he continued. `I have an account to settle. In 2006 I crashed and lost the championship and then last year I broke my hand and lost second place in the championship! It´s not the best track for us but I won there with Yamaha in my first year with them and I would like to do the same again this weekend.´


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