Valentino Rossi is aiming to end his spell at Yamaha on a high, the Italian targeting victory in the final race of the season at Valencia this weekend. Rossi will leave the Japanese squad after seven years, during which he has won the title four times, to ride for Ducati in 2011.
The Italian admits the Valencia weekend will be emotional for him, and is hoping for victory to complete his spell with Yamaha.
"So here we are, my last race with Yamaha and it will be an emotional weekend for all," said Rossi. "Of course, I would really like to try to win this final race because it would be a great end to this partnership, which has had so many beautiful moments.
"We improved the setting of our bike again in Estoril so I hope we will be in good shape in Valencia, although it hasn't been the best track for me in the last few years. Anyway this is a special weekend so we will do everything that we can.
"I am third in the championship after Estoril and second is not impossible, although we know Dani is strong in Valencia and he is still 19 points ahead."
This year's champion Jorge Lorenzo, winner in the previous race at Estoril, is also looking to win at Valencia to wrap up a dream season.
"Finally the end of the season is here and for me it is so special to finish in Spain, with all of my fans," he said. "I have already celebrated in Mallorca but this will be the first time I ride in Spain as the world champion and I am so proud to do so.
"It has been an incredible season for us and I was so happy to win again last weekend. We have won the Triple Crown now so our targets are complete, but I would like to make a new points record, which I can do if I finish on the podium. I have never won in Valencia so I would really like to try this weekend."