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Nastro Azzurro Honda: Valentino Rossi statement

Nastro Azzurro Honda: Valentino Rossi statement

Czech Republic Grand Prix
Brno circuit
Friday, august 24 2001

First qualifying session
Weather: sunny, 30° C.

Valentino Rossi (7th): ´In comparison with the Sachsenring, things are getting better. Today we did a good job improving from our initial settings in free practice. For instance, in Germany I didn´t have a good feeling from the front end, now I´m OK with the forks. The problem we still have to solve is lack of traction on acceleration off the corners. Now we have many things to test and I´m sure the team will try very hard tomorrow.

Of course other teams tested here before the grand prix and that is a big advantage for them. I think in the race we will probably have to ride defensively and to consider this is not the last race of the series. We have made a good plan for the end of the season and there are circuits probably more favourable for us.

As the results of today clearly indicate Biaggi and Capirossi are in very good shape. They did an excellent job in practice today and to beat them here is not an easy task.´

500cc, 2001

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