Valentino Rossi is hoping for fine weather as he seeks to end a difficult 2017 MotoGP season on a high at Valencia this weekend.

Yamaha has not win a race since Rossi's victory at Assen in June, with the Italian recently admitting his leg-breaking training accident probably didn't have much impact on his championship position.

The 2017 M1 struggled on slippery dry asphalt at Jerez and Catalunya, with the rear grip problems being exaggerated in wet races at Motegi and Sepang, despite the factory team trying at least five different chassis designs this season.

Four of those were all on track during the Barcelona test, with a 2018 prototype then rushed into use from Silverstone. Nonetheless, the 2016 Tech 3 bike has proven far more effective in the wet.

Rossi starts this weekend holding fourth place in the world championship, 29 points behind team-mate Maverick Vinales and 12 ahead of Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

"The last race of the season has come. It wasn't an exciting end of the season for us, but during the three races overseas we've got some more data for our bike and we've always been fine on the dry," Rossi said.

"We hope that there will be good weather in Valencia to work in the best way.

"We are not fighting for the championship this weekend, but we will try to make it a good race anyway, and we will try to use next week's two-day test to start working on the 2018 season."

The official test will be held at Valencia on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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