Every time Valentino Rossi started at Catalunya MotoGP, he finished on the podium, including nine wins across all classes.
But this streak of impressive MotoGP results stopped last year; Rossi missed the race at the Barcelona track due to breaking his leg at Mugello four rounds earlier.
Regardless, Rossi placed that all behind and is looking forward to competing at Catalunya MotoGP, where his Ducati GP11 will reach speeds up to 205 mph and endure hard-braking to where the back tire will leave the ground at "Caixa" at the end of the back straight.
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Marlboro Team GP12) says: "The Catalan Grand Prix is one of the nicest of the season, for a number of reasons: Barcelona is a beautiful city, the track is really nice-probably my second-favorite after Mugello-and finally, as is always the case at Spanish races, the grandstands are filled with enthusiastic fans.
"I’m really happy to return to the track, since I had to watch the race from my house last year. I’ve always been quite strong at the track, so I have many nice memories, the most recent of which is the 2009 win after a great battle with Lorenzo.
"We’re very motivated and we’re working really hard on the bike; step-by-step, we can see that we’re making progress. We know there’s still a lot of work to be done, but we need to keep trying to get closer to the front."
Valentino Rossi had his first podium finish of 2011 at the last round in Le Mans, France. The Italian is currently fifth in the MotoGP Championship standings with 47 points.