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Mick Doohan reflects on another key win for Valentino Rossi

Mick Doohan reflects on another key win for Valentino Rossi

Yet again another massive result for Valentino but a big shame for the Championship. With the points difference that has opened up you could say that Valentino has got two races to play with now and with only five races to go it takes a bit of spice out of the Championship. It´s not over yet but we´ve been questioning all season whether Max can stay consistent enough to close the early gap down which Valentino had built up. At this stage it´s pretty much as big as it ever was and although it´s not over yet I think we are seeing the answers out on the track.

The whole race opened up in the first corner which was unfortunate because we lost a few riders and the rest were unable to stick together and make it an exciting race. People may say Biaggi was unlucky to fall again but if you ask me he was lucky in that he was able to get up and remount. For him to fall two races in a row without breaking his bike and getting up to finish the race on both occasions is quite remarkable and I´m sure he will be thankful for the points he has picked up.

Another rider to take advantage of the depleted field was Garry McCoy. Garry was the most consistent rider left on the track apart from Valentino and Loris, so he fully deserved to take the final podium position at the end of it all. He seems to be getting on top of things now which is great to see and you never know what might happen at the next race. He won in Valencia last year and I wouldn´t be surprised to see him do it again in two weeks time.

I think we´ve seen over the last two races that Valentino can handle the pressure better. Max has fallen apart when he needed to be the one putting the pressure on, and that could be his crucial downfall come the end of the season.

500cc, 2001, Valentino Rossi

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