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Mick Doohan watches from home as qualifying gets underway in Assen

Mick Doohan watches from home as qualifying gets underway in Assen

Mick Doohan watches from home as qualifying gets underway in Assen

Unfortunately I won´t be able to make it to Assen this weekend, but I have been watching the qualifying intently on the television and it looks like things are shaping up for another great weekend of action. People were regarding this race as the two strokes´ last chance, in terms of being able to compete against the new four strokes, but from my point of view and from what we´ve seen so far it seems like they are going to struggle on any circuit anywhere.

With each race that goes by, the four strokes are getting quicker and quicker, and with the two strokes now reaching the end of their development there is no way they can keep pace and continually less chance of them making any impact. Around this circuit you might expect the likes of Alex Barros and Loris Capirossi to keep pace but the top three riders in the first qualifying were four strokes.

Some people are suggesting that Valentino is winning this championship because of the machinery but, although his bike is slightly better than the rest, I believe he is also the best rider I out there without a doubt. The other manufacturers are closing in on Honda and both Yamaha and Suzuki have made great strides recently, but in a race I think it will take a great effort to dislodge Valentino and at the moment I cannot see him being beaten.

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MotoGP, 2002, Gauloises Dutch TT, Mick Doohan

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