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Valentino Rossi:

´ The provisional front row is not so bad but the gap between myself and Capirossi and Biaggi is rather big (1.008s). At the end of the session I made two laps with a soft compound tyre good for qualifying but on the first lap I made a mistake and on the second I ran wide.

So I did not take advantage of the tyres.

Basically we lost free practice because the track surface was wet but we have time to improve the machine settings tomorrow. In any case, on this track you always have the rear end sliding, whichever tyre you choose.

One problem for everybody here will be the heat. From the radiator,a lot of very hot air comes onto the rider and makes it a very, very hard race. It´s very important to prepare for the race by taking in a lot of liquid and having a proper diet over the preceding days.

Having already won the World Championship gives you less pressure and you feel more relaxed, which is good. But I would like to be just as determined as always to win this race.´

500cc, 2001

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