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Mick Doohan gives his opinion on the MotoGP race from his home in Monaco

Mick Doohan gives his opinion on the MotoGP race from his home in Monaco

Mick Doohan gives his opinion on the MotoGP race from his home in Monaco

I couldn´t be at Assen this weekend but I watched the race on the television and I have to say first of all that I cannot understand Kenny Roberts. He makes some really good starts but then when people start to pass him he just seems to give up the ghost. When he is in front he goes like you can´t believe, and then he gets passed and packs in, which I find very strange.

Anyway, at the front of the pack Alex Barros had a great race. He worked out early on that he was quicker than the other guys at certain parts of the track – I don´t know if that was because the 2 stroke is lighter or because he was high on confidence, but he used it to his advantage and had a fantastic race. Maybe if I was Alex I would have let Valentino pass earlier and made him think he had a comfortable win, and then pounce on him on the final few laps. Alex has been beaten here many times just like that so I was surprised he pushed so hard knowing Valentino had the extra edge.

I always felt that Valentino was comfortable in second place and it was a foregone conclusion really that he would raise the pace and leave Alex behind. Nevertheless it was great fun to watch and I think we are all looking forward to the next race at Donington in two weeks time. I won´t be there because I have commitments in California but I will be glued to the television again.

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MotoGP, 2002, Gauloises Dutch TT, Mick Doohan

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