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Second qualifying practice.
Weather: cloudy, 26° C.

Valentino Rossi.
2´01.185. ( third )

Valentino Rossi : ´It has been a very exciting final qualifying session. Everybody tried very hard and the fantastic lap times show that. I pushed very hard for pole but on my best attempt I made a mistake in section three and arrived too fast in a right hand corner and lost time. Apart from that I could have run in 2m 00s. But I cannot say I would have got pole position.

The important thing is that we worked to find a good race set-up. Of course the race will be different, we will run in 2m 02s not 2m 00s. Unfortunately for me Loris (Capirossi) and Biaggi also found very good race settings, and I think Barros will also be in the fight to win the race.

Talking about myself I have some small problems when changing direction in the fast corners because I don´t have so much weight on the front wheel. I also feel my machine is using more rear tyre than the others. Probably at the end of the race I will be sliding a lot.

For sure I am not in the same situation as in Barcelona when I could start slowly and recover to win the race with a small gap. I just hope for a good start and then have a hard race.

It´s rather too early to think about the world championship I want to take it race by race now. But if tomorrow I see it’s not possible for me to win I will take as many points from the race as possible.´

500cc, 2001

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