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Valentino Rossi :

´ For sure private testing here before Estoril was very useful and we solved almost all the set-up problems we had. In the free practice session this morning I immediately set good lap times, despite the lack of surface grip. In qualifying practice we tried to refine the machine settings a little bit, but it didn´t give the expected result - in fact I was a little slower than in the morning.Anyway, I´m satisfied with my provisional pole position but I don´t think my time will be enough to keep my first place on the grid, unless it rains tomorrow!

I think it will be possible to lap in 1m 34s as I see the two Honda Pons riders are very competitive ere. Capirossi is in top form but Barros was also running consistently fast. Also, sixth place is not the right position for Biaggi, he will be on the front row.

Despite holding provisional pole I would prefer it did not rain tomorrow, as the weather forecast predicts. Then we will be able to further refine my machine settings.´

500cc, 2001

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