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Mick Doohan writes about the Czech Republic Grand Prix from his home in San Francisco

Mick Doohan writes about the Czech Republic Grand Prix from his home in San Francisco

Unfortunately I can´t be in the Czech Republic this weekend because I´m laid up at my home in San Francisco. I have some screws fixed to my toes which had to be adjusted and it´s quite a painful experience so I´m getting some rest before heading back across to Europe.

Randy Mamola called me to tell me the news from today and I wasn´t too surprised by Max´s performance. The Yamaha is suited to this track, it is very good into the turns and all the testing the Marlboro team have done here has put them at a great advantage. To be fair everybody has been fast today, as they have been all season, but Max is doing a great job and is setting the standard at the moment.

It´s going to be very close this weekend, and Valentino has got his work cut out. He has raced in Suzuka at the 8 hours and tested the 4 stroke but he´s still had time to relax and he should be sufficiently rested to give it a good shot this weekend. The title race is getting quite tight but my advice to Valentino is to keep taking it one race at a time and getting the best result possible at each Grand Prix. He is used to pressure but he shouldn´t be looking too much at the Championship standings because there is no cause for panic yet.

It´s good to see that Garry McCoy is back to 100% and sliding the bike about again. He is great for the fans to watch but he is also a top rider who could have been up there challenging Valentino and Max. He is capable of winning some races between now and the end of the season and I feel he could have a say in the destination of the title.

500cc, 2001

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