Andrea Dovizioso is bidding to end his second MotoGP season with Repsol Honda on a high with a run to fourth position in the overall standings at Valencia.
The Italian was in the fight for third position until two retirements over the last five races dropped him out of realistic contention, but a podium result at Estoril – coupled to a DNF for Casey Stoner – has revived his fight for fourth.
With this in mind, Dovizioso is determined to overhaul the ten point deficit to the Australian, who joins Repsol Honda in 2011.
“I'm very happy that we were back on the podium in Estoril. It means we are competitive and that we can go to Valencia with the target of fighting for fourth position in the World Championship. Valencia is quite a slow and twisty track which makes it a technical and challenging circuit which isn't easy to ride.
“It's not one of my favourite circuits on the calendar but that's really not important - because we are determined to have a very good race on Sunday and finish off the year as strongly as possible.
“The Valencia weekend is a special event, not only because it is the final round of the season but also because on Tuesday and Wednesday after the Grand Prix there are two important days of testing in preparation for the 2011 season.
“I'm really looking forward to getting the maximum out of these two days of testing before we head into the long winter break.”