MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi comes into the penultimate race of his career aiming to produce a similar result as Misano.
Although Rossi was significantly aided by several riders crashing out whilst ahead of the 42 year-old, the Italian rider nonetheless came through to claim a first top ten in four races – doing so in his final home race.
However, this weekend could prove to be a much different challenge for the nine-time world champion, as previous showings at Portimao suggest he and Yamaha could face a tough weekend.
Since making it’s debut on the calendar towards the end of last season, Rossi has failed to finish either of its two races inside the top ten. A 12th last November was then followed up by a crash in this year’s opening Portimao race.
But while Portimao might not favor the Italian or his M1 as much as other tracks, Rossi is eager to ‘repeat’ his ‘great Misano result’.
“Portimao is a difficult track and has some very particular characteristics, which other circuits do not have,” said Rossi.
“The first of our two races there this year wasn’t too bad for us, as I was able to make my way through to be in the top-ten. Unfortunately I crashed out though.
“The target this weekend is to try to have a good race and to make our way towards the front.
“I had a good feeling there before, especially on Sunday, so I hope that we can be competitive and repeat a great result like we did last time in Misano.”