4 November 2010
MotoGP arrives in Valencia
"It feels like just a year and a half because I enjoy a lot to work with Yamaha, and especially the great results and great achievements" - Valentino Rossi.
The 18th and final battle of the 2010 MotoGP season will take place this weekend at Valencia, Spain.
Jorge Lorenzo may have wrapped up the world championship, but the Fiat Yamaha rider is still hungry for wins, as he proved one week ago in Estoril by taking his first victory since the Czech Republic Grand Prix in August.
Another win for Lorenzo this weekend in the season finale at Valencia would cap what has been an almost perfect year – and give the Mallorcan the upper hand over team-mate Valentino Rossi in the Italian's final race on an M1.
However, Valencia is one of only three circuits on which Lorenzo hasn't won previously in any class.
"I've never won here in Valencia," confirmed Lorenzo, speaking during Thursday's press conference. "It's not my obsession to get a victory here this weekend, but we are sure going to try. It's the last race of the season, so we'll make the last push, as we are very motivated to make the race."
Rossi has a more successful track record at Valencia.
The Fiat Yamaha rider won in 2003 and 2004, but has yet to take victory in the 800cc era, a situation he will be looking to rectify this weekend, as he attempts to chase down Dani Pedrosa in the championship standings.
"The points gap to second is quite big and Dani is always fast here," declared Rossi, whose seven-year Yamaha career ends on Sunday.
"Anyway, a good target is also to resist and keep the third position from Casey, who is also fast here in Valencia.
"Last weekend we worked well in Portugal and had a good first half of the race, for this Sunday we try and prepare the second half."
Rossi, who will make his Ducati debut in testing on Tuesday, also reflected on his time in MotoGP with Yamaha.
"In reality it's been a long, long time. Seven years. But it feels like just a year and a half because I enjoy a lot to work with Yamaha, and especially the great results and great achievements," said Rossi.
"For sure the first victory at Welkom in South Africa was unforgettable, but also Laguna 2008 and last year in Barcelona. I have a lot of great battles and great memories with my bike."
The man with the most success at Valencia is Pedrosa, with five victories in total across all classes, including last year's MotoGP race.
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