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Rossi: “I will have to give my all”

Rossi: “I will have to give my all”

With just four rounds remaining the battle for the 2015 MotoGP™ title is reaching a critical point, a fact Valentino Rossi is well aware of.

Just 14-points split Movistar Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo at the head of the MotoGP™ World Championship, the Italian with the edge. Aragon saw Lorenzo romp to victory while Rossi battled hard with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), unable to best his old rival. Attention now turns to the Motul Grand Prix of Japan as the championship begins the first of three back-to-back races, all of which are set to be critical in deciding the 2015 World Championship as one small mistake could lead to disaster with such a tight schedule. Motegi saw Rossi and Lorenzo locked in an epic duel in 2010, their fight reaching a fairing bashing conclusion with the nine-time world champion ending the race ahead of Lorenzo.

Both riders come into the Japanese GP with slight injuries, Rossi a right arm abrasion sustained during the post Aragon test and Lorenzo a light sprain, although neither injury should detract from their on track performance. Rossi’s last Motegi win came back in 2008 and since then has claimed three podiums including third in 2014, Lorenzo taking victory. A strong result is important not only for Rossi’s title challenge, but also for Yamaha as they celebrate their 60th anniversary and victory at home in Japan holds special importance for the manufacturer.

Valentino Rossi: “We‘re on our way to Motegi to begin a very important part of the season. Motegi is a track that I like very much. Here I made a good race in the past and also last year I had a good weekend but Jorge was stronger than me so he won. For this reason I will have to give my all because there are only 14 points between him and I. These points may seem a lot but they are few. We must give the maximum because we are competitive, which we have demonstrated up to this point. There will be three races in a row and it will be important not to make any mistakes, but at the same time make sure to get the best possible results. I feel good. In Aragon, during the test, I crashed but there were no further consequences, only a little abrasion on my arm. I'm fine and I'm ready for the tripleheader!”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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