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Honda Nastro Azzurro

Honda Nastro Azzurro

Valentino Rossi : ´The free practice in the wet this morning was very useful to us and I enjoyed seeing that I´m riding well in the rain on this track. I set the fourth fastest time, which is not so bad.

On the contrary, in the qualifying practice on the dry surface we were disappointing. We lost a lot of time trying tyres that didn´t work well here. Only at the end, when we put in a tyre we have used many times this season, were we able to find acceptable grip. But I was only able to get in one fast lap with that tyre. With more time I think I could have done better.

We still have a lot of work to do, especially with tyres, and machine settings that make the machine stable when braking, very important on this track which is all stop and go. I have also to modify the gearbox ratios and certainly hope tomorrow will be dry so we can work, especially because we don´t have much experience on this track. We have only raced here twice, and the first time we came here it rained all the time.

On this track I think the usual contenders will be fast, Biaggi, Capirossi and Barros. Also Kenny Roberts will be dangerous, he has always been fast here.´

500cc, 2001

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