Valentino Rossi says he’s out to make a strong end to the 2016 MotoGP season, as he looks to bounce back from his crash out of last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix and subsequently losing the title fight to Marc Marquez in the process.
“At the end, I was very sad to lose the opportunity to make a good race, to fight with Marquez, and to bring home something nice after the good work in practice and the pole position. When you crash like this, it is a great shame to have to just go home.
“Looking at the data, it is very difficult to understand the crash, and I don’t know if that is good or not. But the good thing is that we have another race right away to try and make it right.
“In the end my finger was broken. It’s coming better but there’s a little pain in it. Thankfully it doesn’t affect riding the bike, although it does look a bit ugly at the minute!”
But, admitting that both the injury and the title loss hasn’t affected him too badly, the Italian says his goal now for the last few rounds is simply to make as strong an end to the season as possible, starting this weekend in Australia.
“The bigger motivation for me is to try and to make points, to try and fight for the podium at three very different tracks and in different conditions. I like Phillip Island and Malaysia, although I always have to work harder at Valencia to make a good race there. Every weekend will have different issues and different problems, but we’ll try and fight for the podium every weekend.”
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