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Valentino Rossi : ´I think we did a very good job today, the team and I. After the final machine settings of yesterday evening the machine was very, very good in the warm-up.

I knew it was possible to run at a consistent pace of 1m 41s lap times and that should be enough to win the race. The big question mark was the start. In fact the first lap was a nightmare. I got away from the start well but Checa closed the door on my line. Then some other riders forgot to brake at the first corner and I was lucky to escape the crash without damage.

At the end of the first lap Capirossi and Biaggi were very near to me and that gave me confidence. On the third lap I was able to take the lead and from that point on my plan was simple, just try hard and be consistent. And it worked, despite Capirossi also being very consistent.I noticed that every time my lap time was one or two tenths of a second slower Loris (Capirossi) got closer.

I didn´t know anything about Biaggi´s crash. On my lap board they only showed me my advantage on second place. But I understood he was not in third position by trying to watch the big video screens around the circuit.

´The 43 point lead is a good advantage despite having five races to go. What is very important, is that we are over the bad patch we had at the Sachsenring. We have been working very well at the last two races and I feel rather confident for Valencia, despite it not being my favourite track. I tested at Valencia last week and found the circuit was not in very good condition. There have been many F1 tests there and its very bumpy.´

500cc, 2001

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