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Valentino Rossi : ´On the start line I saw that Biaggi had chosen to use a 17´rear tyre. I said to myself, ´He will try to attack at the beginning but in the middle of the race he will have problems.´ So, after I got a very good start I was able to run his pace in the opening laps, I was very confident. My plan was to wait and eventually take the lead when he began to have problems with grip. On some points on the track he was faster than me and on others I was faster. He was especially quick at the fast corner where he crashed, probably too fast.Anyway, after Biaggi went out I had my problems with Barros who was pushing very hard so I had to hold my concentration and ride very, very fast. Thanks to my team my bike was very much better than in practice, they did an excellent job last night and after the warm up I was very satisfied because the chattering problems we had in practice were completely solved and the machine was very stable under braking.Now, with a 67-point advantage the title is very near. Mathematics say it will be possible for me to get the eight points I need in Australia but I will not go to Phillip Island to finish eighth. Phillip Island is almost my second home GP because almost all the boys of my team come from Australia and the track is beautiful. The crowd also is great.´

500cc, 2001

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