Valentino Rossi heads into the Australian MotoGP tied on points with Dani Pedrosa in the fight for title runner-up behind Marc Marquez.

But it is Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo that Rossi increasingly regards as his biggest threat. The Spaniard has won the last two race to close to within three points of The Doctor.

"We have a second place contest between me, Jorge and Pedrosa and I'm worried because Jorge is so fast. We have to give the maximum," said Rossi, third last weekend in Japan. "I love Phillip Island and Sepang but three races in a row is always very difficult and a good start is very important.

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"The podium of Japan was another positive result, especially because I have done well throughout the race and was very close to Marquez and Jorge. We held a very high pace and my bike was working very well.

"I really like the Australian GP and I want to ride a good race here, partly because most of my team is Australian. I want to get back on the podium and try to win again," added the Italian, who like Pedrosa has won one race this year.

"We are working well, I like the circuit, and the Yamaha is going strong, so I think we can do it. I'm in a good shape, so it will be a fun battle."

Australia is the first of three remaining rounds.


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Ah choo. Rossi's no 1 sneeze!: Clearly, Yamaha have to decide between Vale or Jorge.[\blockquote]
Decide what ?[\blockquote]

Exactly. Both will get equal treatment, their respective teams will try their utmost, and there will be no team orders. Neither rider would accept it.
And when the fat lady sings, the pecking order will be decided on the track.