SEPANG: MotoGP great Valentino Rossi hopes to bounce back from the disappointing outing at Phillip Island last week and reignite his chances of finishing second in the championship at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix which starts tomorrow.
The Italian does not consider the Sepang Circuit his favourite track but has enjoyed substantial success in Malaysia, having won here six times in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
He will have to be at his best to gain ground on compatriot Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), who is currently second in the standings on 210 points.
Rossi, who finished sixth in Australia, is 15 points adrift in third. Spaniard Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) had already wrapped up the title in Motegi.
"Unfortunately in Australia, I lost important points for the championship and I'm very disappointed about that, but I'm happy for Maverick (Vinales) and for Yamaha," said Rossi.
"Now we have to concentrate on the third (race in as many weeks) and it will be important to have a good weekend.
"We must continue to work hard because we have to be competitive at every race. Sepang is not one of our favourite tracks, but we will always try our hardest to get the best results possible."
Motegi (Oct 21), Phillip Island (Oct 28) and Sepang (Nov 4) are held on back-to-back weekends without a break in between.
Movistar Yamaha rider Vinales of Spain ended a 24-race stretch without a win for the Japanese manufacturer with a superb victory in Phillip Island.
Rossi, who has made it clear that Yamaha still need to improve, has finished on the podium five times this season. His last win, however, came at Assen last year.