Valentino Rossi's target for the 2014 MotoGP World Championship is to fight for the podium on a more consistent basis after the Yamaha rider again finished fourth in Valencia.

Rossi, who claimed a solitary victory at Assen on his return to Yamaha this season, has struggled to find the pace to match the top three of Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

At Valencia, team-mate and race leader Lorenzo was deliberately slowing down the field in order to help his title chances - but still Rossi wasn't able to be a factor at the front.

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Rossi's result in Spain was the eighth time this year that the Italian rider crossed the line in fourth position as he consolidated fourth in the championship overall.

Rossi, working with crew chief Jerry Burgess for the last time on Sunday, said: "The race was not so bad, especially after this morning where I had a lot of problems and wasn't fast enough.

"Unfortunately I didn't have the pace to fight for the podium. I was able to stay close at the beginning and try to fight but after I didn't have the speed, like more or less all the season where I am two or three tenths slower compared to the top guys.

"For this reason I couldn't challenge for the pole position, the race and the championship," he added.

"The season was not so bad for me but we have to try more to increase our speed and our performance to fight for the podium more constantly. This is the target for 2014."