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Quotations from the MotoGP pre-event press conference

Quotations from the MotoGP pre-event press conference

Quotations from the MotoGP pre-event press conference

The pre-event press conference took place at the Suzuka Circuit this afternoon.

Valentino Rossi: `The World Championship has changed very much, it will be a strange year. There will be two different types of bikes in the same race, and we will have to wait until Sunday to see their potential. I have ridden 4 strokes here twice in the Suzuka 8 hour but this is a very different bike. We have set good lap times in testing but everybody knows that winter tests is one story and racing is another story.´

Kenny Roberts: `The test last week in Suzuka went better than previously in Barcelona and the times are improving. There is not one big thing wrong with the bike but lots of little problems which we are continuing to eliminate. This is the first time I feel like I am starting on something fresh since the changes made to the 500 at the end of 1999 and all the team are very motivated.

Daijiro Katoh: `The 500 is a much bigger bike to the 250, it has more power and more speed but I am getting used to it now. The 4 strokes have an advantage but I will not give up and I am here to win the race. I have ridden this track many times and I know it well so maybe the advantage will be mine.´

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MotoGP, 2002, SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan

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