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Once again Rossi hits Biaggi where it hurts

Once again Rossi hits Biaggi where it hurts

Valentino Rossi hit the target again this weekend with another assault on the 500cc World Championship and title rival Max Biaggi. The Yamaha man arrived at Brno with his heart set on a seventh victory at the Czech circuit, but he almost ended up going home with nothing thanks to an unlucky thirteenth lap crash as Rossi applied the pressure from behind. It clearly wasn´t what Biaggi had planned, having sent shockwaves through the paddock with a stunning new pole record on Friday which remained intact despite Rossi´s best efforts on Saturday. Yamaha were confident of cutting Rossi´s ten point lead at least in half, but now Biaggi finds himself a further 19 points behind with six races to go.

This isn´t the first time this season that Rossi has hit Biaggi where it hurts. The Cinzano British Grand Prix at Donington saw Biaggi arrive fresh on the back of victory at Assen, claiming that his Yamaha was working better than ever and had been adapted perfectly to his riding style. His claims were backed up with pole position, as Rossi languished back in eleventh place on the starting grid. However, the Honda rider charged through the field, passed Biaggi with ease and took a famous victory.

Biaggi has demonstrated in the past that he is the master of handling pressure and battering the moral of his rivals. However, Rossi has turned the tables on his arch rival twice this year, just when it looked like things might get interesting.

500cc, 2001, Valentino Rossi

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