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Nastro Azzuro Honda: Valentino Rossi statement

Nastro Azzuro Honda: Valentino Rossi statement

Valentino Rossi :

´ The forecast I made yesterday proved to be right..... unfortunately.The lap time I did yesterday, 1m 40.3s, 0.5s better than anybody else, was not enough to keep pole position.. Both Biaggi and Capirossi bettered my time.

I was only able to improve by thousandths of a second because we were trying to make the machine more stable under braking. In fact we made it slower in the middle of the corner. So, finally, we lost time.

Furthermore, today I believe I didn´t ride as well as yesterday, my riding was not as fluid, or precise. In my first attempt with soft compound tyres I made a mistake in the last section of the track, and that cost me 4/10ths of a second. Without that I could have done 1m 40.1s.

But what really matters is that we will start from the front row of the grid, and that in both free practice and qualifying my pace was good.In the morning warm-up we still have to fix a few doubts about the bike, and the tyres. Then it should be possible to make a good race.

As in Brno it´s very important to make a good start. Here in Estoril you can loose a lot of time if you have a slower rider in front of you. The riders to beat? Needless to say, will be Biaggi and Capirossi.´

500cc, 2001

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