Valentino Rossi will aim to pick himself up again this weekend at Phillip Island in Australia after his misfortune at Motegi was another low point in the Italian's 'worst season on paper'.
Rossi saw his slim hopes of clinching the MotoGP World Championship ended when he slid out of contention while holding second place.
The Movistar Yamaha rider had started the race from pole and was chasing after Marc Marquez when disaster struck, with Repsol Honda Marquez confirmed as the champion with three rounds to go when Jorge Lorenzo also suffered a shock fall in Japan.
Rossi remains locked in battle for second place in the final standings with Lorenzo heading into Phillip Island, with the pair separated by 14 points.
“The bad thing is that we took zero points in Motegi, but the good thing is that we showed that we are strong. Phillip Island is a fantastic track and a place that I like a lot. We have to try to be fast and strong there too,” Rossi said.
“We already tested there with Michelin, but unfortunately we now go there after a very bad season, our worst season on paper. We hope that the weather conditions won't be very bad, because if it's cold it can be dangerous. We hope for good weather and we'll see.”
Rossi has a terrific record at Phillip Island, where he dominated during a five-year winning streak from 2001 to 2005, followed by five more consecutive podium finishes in the premier class, taking second place in 2008 and 2009 and three thirds in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
He was back on the podium again in 2013 with third place before chalking up another victory in 2014, beating Lorenzo and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith in an all-Yamaha podium.