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Nastro Azzuro Honda: Valentino Rossi´s comments

Nastro Azzuro Honda: Valentino Rossi´s comments

Valentino Rossi :

´That´s the first time I have finished seventh and that´s not a good satisfaction. This grand prix has been very difficult for us all weekend. We tried hard but we have not been able to find good machine settings to be as competitive as we usually are on other tracks. Also today the bike was heavy and slow entering the corners, and the rear wheel was spinning.

To start from the third row of the grid has been a big handicap because on this circuit, with the handling problems I had with the bike, it was very difficult for me to pass other riders. When I finally recovered from 11th place to fifth (on lap 18) the gap to the Yamaha’s was more than six seconds.

Around three-quarter-race distance the grip of my rear tyre got worse the more the rear wheel was spinning and my lap times went up. On the contrary, the four riders in front of me continued to run at the same pace as before.

I regret I could not hold on to fifth position. But when Capirossi passed me I lost time repassing him and I would have had to take too many risks to take two extra points from the race. My advantage in the world championship has reduced from 26 points to 10 but the situation is still positive.

After the Suzuka 8 Hours (on August 5) I will take a well-earned holiday. I will go to the seaside, but I don´t know where yet .´

500cc, 2001

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