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Nastro Azzuro Honda: Valentino Rossi statement

Nastro Azzuro Honda: Valentino Rossi statement

Valentino Rossi :

´ We have made a big step forward today and I´m very happy with the way the team have worked. The main problem we had yesterday, lack of rear wheel traction, is solved and now the bike is running well.

But we had to work hard to make a good qualifying time because we wanted a front row start, which is very important here. So we had not so much time to spend finding a perfect race setting and to choose race tyres, so we still have some doubts which we will fix in the morning warm-up.

We still have something of a disadvantage because we didn´t test here as some teams did. I still consider this race one which I have to ride defensively. Anyway, I am very happy with the way we have worked here changing many things and making a big improvement in a very short time.

As I said yesterday, the main contenders will be Biaggi and Capirossi who showed to have a very good pace. For me it will be very important to choose the right tyres for the race. ´

500cc, 2001

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