MotoGP San Marino: Rossi: Misano is my race, my home.

Valentino Rossi is prepared is prepared to 'go over the maximum' as the Movistar Yamaha rider targets victory at his home MotoGP race at Misano in Italy. Rossi was left bitterly disappointed after an engine failure at Mugello earlier in the season thwarted his prospects of standing on the rostrum in front of his partisan fans but The Doctor will have another chance this weekend to send his supporters into a frenzy in San Marino. The 37-year-old reduced Marc Marquez's title advantage by three points to 50 points at Silverstone and Rossi will be hoping he can close the gap further on Sunday. 

“Next week at Misano will be the most special weekend of the season, because Misano is my race, it's my home. Usually we are quite good there, so we hope to be competitive,” Rossi said. 

“There will be a great atmosphere: a lot of fans, a lot of people around and also a lot of pressure, so we have to try to give 20 per-cent more than the maximum.” 

Rossi, who has won three times in MotoGP at Misano in 2008, 2009 and 2014, finished on the podium at Silverstone in third place to move 14 points clear of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in the championship shake-up. 

On a day when Marco Simoncelli's #58 was officially retired from grand prix - it can be used again only with the blessing of the Simoncelli family - Rossi said: 

"What the family of Marco - and especially Paolo - have done after 2011 is something very special and I always try to help them. Paolo had this idea of a hospital [for disabled children] a long time ago and whenever we meet he always explained they are at a good moment, so I'm very happy it is now ready [to be built]. 

"About my number [46], I was thinking... my first impression is that I don't like that the 46 is cancelled. I prefer that it remains and if some other rider wants to take that number they can." 

The Doctor also revealed that he is open to racing for Yamaha in the Suzuka 8 Hours, but only after he calls time on what is already a record-breaking MotoGP career. 

"I like a lot that race and I love to make also with Yamaha. For me, can be. But the problem is not during the MotoGP season," said Rossi, who won the event riding for Honda, alongside Colin Edwards, in 2001. 

"So maybe when I stop because sincerely now I'm too old and we don't have enough time for make the 8 Hour because in reality is the only week or ten days that we have off holiday between the first and second parts of the MotoGP season. 

"So if you spend that week in Suzuka is a big stress physically and mentally and I think you can pay in the second half. But maybe in the future when I stop, I want to try with Yamaha. Is a great race." 

Rossi has beaten world championship leader Marc Marquez in all three races since the summer break, but still only gained nine points on the Honda rider and remains 50 adrift heading into this weekend's Misano race. 


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