Valentino Rossi hopes to avoid Valencia decider

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Valentino Rossi has told MCN he hopes to clinch his seventh MotoGP world title in Malaysia this weekend to avoid a final race decider against Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. 

A ninth career world championship for the 30-year-old seems a formality with the Italian heading to the Far East for Sunday’s Malaysian GP with a commanding 38-point lead. 

And Rossi, who moved to the brink of the title after Lorenzo’s first corner exit in Phillip Island last weekend, says he wants to avoid a Valencia showdown.
The last time Rossi fought for the world title at the final round was in 2006 in Valencia.

That race turned proved to be one of the biggest disappointments in Rossi’s career after a crash cost him the title that went to American Nicky Hayden.

Rossi told MCN: “For sure it is better to finish it early but not because of Valencia and 2006. When it goes down to the last race and everything is to be decided in that one race, anything can happen.

“I’m not very worried about Valencia as such. I lost one world championship there but it can happen like this. It is just another track and I’m confident that in Valencia if we are concentrated we can be fast and fight for the victory.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt