Rossi: Still a lot of points to fight for

He may have increased his lead at the top of the MotoGP standings, but Valentino Rossi insists he can't afford to take the foot off the gas in the next few races.

The legendary Italian failed to appear on the podium for the first time this season as he finished fifth in front his adoring fans at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Sunday.

However, he increased his lead in the Championship to 23 points as his main title rival and Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo crashed out. Defending World Champion Marc Marquez won the race, leaving him 63 points behind Rossi and still in the hunt for the title.

"It's true that the Championship is a lot more important that winning the race, it's the main target," Rossi said.

"Unfortunately Jorge crashed and I was able to gain another 11 points. This is good for the Championship, but it's a shame to miss out on the podium, because I wanted to arrive in the top three in front of all the spectators.

"There are still five races left and unfortunately Lorenzo has the ability to win at every single one and Marquez is also always strong, so there are still a lot of points left to fight for."