The battle for the Championship may be over, but Valentino Rossi remains highly motivated as he looks to finish second in the standings
With Marc Marquez wrapping up the 2014 title at Motegi, the next best thing on offer is the fight over the runners-up spot between Rossi, his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.
It is advantage Rossi after the legendary Italian edged ahead of his rivals with victory at Phillip Island over the weekend.
With two races still left this season, the seven-time World Champion knows he can’t afford to slip up.
“It’s not as important as winning the Championship but it’s second place and especially it’s a great second place because I’m fighting with Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo who are two of the best four riders in the world,” he said.
“It’s a very high level for second position and the target is to try to be competitive every weekend and to try and be strong on Sunday and chasing the second place is the motivation.”
Next up in the triple-header is the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang and Rossi expects it to be another physical battle.
“I love Sepang, it’s one of my favourite tracks, but the race is always very difficult, also physically because it is a little too hot for a MotoGP race,” he said.
“But the track is fantastic and the tests in the winter weren’t too bad so we have to try to do like this weekend and try to be as strong as possible for Sunday’s race.”