MISANO, September 4 – World champion Valentino Rossi is desperate to bury the misery of his embarrassing Indianapolis fall as the Italian returns to home ground at the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday.Eight-time world champion Rossi came off his Yamaha while in the lead at Indianapolis, the first time since 2007 that he has failed to finish a race, with his error proving a benefit to teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who went on to win.
The Spaniard is now just 25 points behind Rossi, having slashed his deficit in half.
"I’m glad we don’t have long until the next race because I quickly want to forget the mistake of Indianapolis," said Rossi, who was born nearby in Tavullia and won the 2008 race at the track.
"Last year at Misano was incredible, to win in front of all my fans and so close to home was a great emotion and after missing out in Mugello this year we are really focused on trying to get the best result there.
"As we saw last weekend, anything can happen and the championship isn’t over, we have to keep working at the maximum and just try to take as many points as we can each time."
Lorenzo is confident of adding a second successive win on a circuit where he was second last year.
"It is one of the tracks where I was very fast in the past, so I’m really looking forward to going there in such good shape," said the 22 year-old.
"I won there in 2007 and last year I was not far behind Valentino. I am very happy that I have cut the championship lead by 25 points in just one race, but I know that winning the title will still be very difficult."
With former world champion Casey Stoner still out with a mystery virus, Honda’s Dani Pedrosa who sits fourth in the standings, 71 points behind Rossi and 46 behind Lorenzo, looks to be Yamaha’s main threat.
Pedrosa led in Indianapolis last weekend, until a crash hindered his progress and he ended up tenth.