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Honda Nastro Azzurro

Honda Nastro Azzurro

Valentino Rossi: ´What a pity to have to race at such a nice track in such bad weather conditions! Today, apart from the rain in the free practice session, it was so cold and windy. I would really like to come to Phillip Island in a different period because this is one of my favourite tracks. I have won here twice on a 250 and I would love to do the same on Sunday. I know that an eighth place finish will be enough to take the title but I will not race for that. At the very least I would like to finish on the podium.

Today I crashed at the ´Siberia´ corner, in second gear at about 130km/h. I think it was because the rear tyre construction was too soft. I went over a small bump and the rear tyre slid away. It was not so scary and the crash was not violent. I only bruised my ankle in the crash.I was able to go back out with my second bike but soon after going out I ran wide at the hairpin but it did not prevent me setting third fastest time a few laps later - which was a very good thing as we don´t know if the weather tomorrow will allow us to improve our qualifying time. At the moment the bike is not perfect and we have to work tomorrow to find better machine settings.´

500cc, 2001

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