Valentino Rossi has mixed feelings about the now traditional run of three flyaway races in three weekends, which starts at Motegi in Japan.

"Three races in a row is always complicated," Rossi said on Thursday. "It is not the best way because you can have a small problem [injury] in the first one and pay a lot. Sincerely I don't like very much three races in a row, is also a big stress.

"On the other side, you stay on the bike a lot, so can go faster and faster. Also they are three fantastic tracks. I like Motegi but especially Phillip Island and Sepang. It's always a great pleasure to ride MotoGP in these three tracks."

Rossi starts this weekend 52-point behind runaway title leader Marc Marquez, but 14 ahead of Movistar Yamaha Jorge Lorenzo.

"This is a good track for us, I've had a lot of podiums and our bike is competitive," Rossi said of the Motegi circuit. "But every year is different and we need to understand the tyres and weather. Last year it rained for the race and today it is very cold."

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