Valentino Rossi has abundant memories of glory days at the stunning Phillip Island circuit in Australia.

The Factory Yamaha rider notched two wins in the 250cc class in 1998 and 1999 before taking victory in the 500cc category in 2001.

Nine-time world champion Rossi then went on an unbroken winning streak in the premier class from 2002 to 2005 at Phillip Island and not surprisingly rates his chances of running at the front on Sunday on the YZR-M1.

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Rossi, who qualified on the front row in second place at Sepang but finished in a lonely fourth place, said: "I really like the Phillip Island circuit, it is great fun to ride here. The track is very different from Sepang and I think that for us it will be better.

"We are improving with every race and I'm curious to see what happens in Australia. I made good races here and I won a lot.

"My goal is always the same: fight with Jorge, Dani and Marc," he added.

"Now we will try to do the best in the next three races. We are ready to do this."