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Quotes from the pre-event press conference

Quotes from the pre-event press conference

Quotes from the pre-event press conference

Valentino Rossi: `I have never won here but I finished third in my first year on a 500 and again last year when I had problems with my bike so I am hopeful of a better result this time. The first part of the track is quite technical and the second is quite stop-start, so our bike will have an advantage on the acceleration and the 2 strokes will have the advantage in the braking. Also we are starting from zero whilst the 2 strokes have data from previous years, but we will try our best.´

Olivier Jacque: `If Valentino finished third last year with problems then it is worrying what he will be able to do this year. It will be very difficult for me this weekend because we do not have the power of the 4 strokes which will make a big difference at this circuit, but I will try my best and I hope I can fight for the podium. I think that with Randy de Puniet and Arnaud Vincent there is a good chance of a French winner in 250 or 125 so I wish them the best of luck also.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2002, Polini Grand Prix de France

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