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Rossi: “There is work to do at amazing Jerez”

Rossi: “There is work to do at amazing Jerez”

The MotoGP World Champion heads into the second race of the 2010 season hoping to use the fantastic atmosphere at the Gran Premio bwin de España to his advantage.

Valentino Rossi had the best possible start to the defence of his MotoGP World Championship title with victory in Qatar, and the Fiat Yamaha rider is now focused on round two at Jerez after what has been an eventful past fortnight.

Following the postponement of the Grand Prix of Japan to October 3rd due to the well publicised Icelandic volcano, the entire MotoGP field has had extra time to prepare for the Gran Premio bwin de España, and the Jerez circuit is one that Rossi has tasted success at on many occasions before.

Including last year Rossi has won at the Andalusian track three times with Yamaha (he has eight wins across all classes there), and the reigning World Champion is hopeful that the minor injury he picked up in a motocross training accident in the week following his win at Losail will not affect his fortunes in Spain.

“Of course it was a pity not to go to Japan, Yamaha's home race, but we will go in October now and for me it was quite lucky to have this extra week,” explained the Italian rider. “I didn't hurt myself badly in the motocross fall but my shoulder was quite sore so it was good to give it more time to recover. I don't know yet how much it will affect me this weekend, I hope not too much.”

Ever the perfectionist Rossi believes there are still some slight improvements that can be made at a track he enjoys racing at immensely, and is expecting to be motivated even further by the 120,000 crowd.

“The win in Qatar was fantastic but we saw there that we are lacking in some areas compared to our rivals so we have work to do,” he stressed. “I love to race at Jerez, the atmosphere is amazing and I have fantastic fans in Spain. Last year I had a great win and I hope we can challenge again this time."

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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