While rumours had hinted at a possible decision to end his tenure with FIAT Yamaha early in favour of surgery on his troublesome shoulder, Valentino Rossi will head into his final two races with the team targeting a fitting conclusion to his time there.
Having predicted he would struggle with his shoulder over the final few races, Rossi powered to victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix, while two further podiums have kept him in the hunt for third position in the standings.
With just two races remaining before he embarks on his much anticipated switch to Ducati, Rossi is looking forward to the return to Europe.
"The flyaways were very good for us, three podiums including one win - we were happy with how much we had improved the bike and also the level of my shoulder. Now we return to Europe and I feel very strongly that I want to enjoy these final two races and try to win again.
“Estoril was not a good track for me last year, we had some problems and I couldn't make it onto the podium so we will be trying to change that this year. After Phillip Island we hope the weather will be a bit warmer but Estoril can change very quickly so it could be a factor again."