Valentino Rossi looking for error free finish

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Valentino Rossi is determined to eradicate some of the crucial mistakes that have dogged him in 2009 as he prepares to wrap up a ninth world title.

With just four races of the campaign remaining in Portugal, Australia, Malaysia and Spain, the 30-year-old is firm favourite to capture his seventh premier class world title.

Following his sixth win of 2009 in Misano recently, the Fiat Yamaha rider holds a comfortable 30-point advantage over team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

Rossi though is determined to avoid a repeat of mistakes in Le Mans, Donington and Indianapolis as he looks to end Lorenzo’s brave challenge.

The Italian said: “The important thing is not to make any mistakes and arrive on the podium at every race and maybe try to win before Valencia. But anything can happen, any rider can make a mistake so I don’t know if it is possible to win before Valencia.

“I had the chance to make things a lot easier but Indy was a big disaster. There are four races and 30-points is a good advantage. But also I was 50 in front and it is very easy to make a mistake at this level.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt