Valentino Rossi is targeting second place in the MotoGP world championship after victory at the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Italian claimed his first victory of the season by 1.578 seconds from Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo to move a point behind Dani Pedrosa as they chase leader Marc Marquez.
Rossi, who believes he is riding better than ever, had to bide his time in Misano but, following a crash from Marquez, he pushed clear and took the chequered flag.
After winning 11 of the 13 races this season Marquez, who finished 15th, remains 74 points clear in the standings but Rossi believes he can carry this form into the final five races of the season and challenge for the runners-up spot.
"I think now I am the best Valentino of my career," said the Yamaha rider. "I don't feel that I am slower than when I won 10 or 11 races a season.
"I had a very good battle with Marc and Jorge. I knew Marc wanted to stay in front because if I was in front I could go faster.
"When I understood something happened to him it was more easy because there was a small gap to Jorge. But I had to stay concentrated and constant.
"I was worried that this year I cannot win one race and I've always won one race since I raced in the world championship, except the Ducati seasons. I am happy because it is a strong victory.
"This weekend we found something very important about setting, about the way to go faster with my bike. This will remain also for the next races."