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Honda Nastro Azzuro Team: Valentino Rossi interview after today´s sessions

Honda Nastro Azzuro Team: Valentino Rossi interview after today´s sessions

Valentino Rossi : ´The first day of practice has been positive, since we started free practice we immediately had a good setting. This is good because Assen is not an easy track, it´s very technical, and with the banked corners usually you need a special setting. Today we mainly worked to find a race tyre and race setting and we are already in a good position.The only thing is the first section of the track is much different to the second part, so you must look for a compromise in settings.

´I still have some small problems in the fast sections as the bike is a little nervous. That´s OK for a few laps but for a whole race it would be a problem.We already did good qualifying times with soft compound tyres and it was very exciting. First Loris (Capirossi) did the fastest lap, then I made a faster time only for Loris to make a faster time again.

I expected Capirossi to be very strong here because he is always fast at Assen and I believe he will be the strongest competition but also Barros and Biaggi. Roberts will probably be in the fight also.The only thing I ask is to have a dry race. Last year was so disappointing for me. After the first part of the race it was very good for me - then to be in trouble in the second part, with tyres, was a disappointment.´

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500cc, 2001

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