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Quotes from the top three riders after the race

Quotes from the top three riders after the race

Quotes from the top three riders after the race

Valentino Rossi (1st): ´It was a very difficult and exciting race. I got away well, but Barros joined the group and completely changed the pace. I stayed behind him, because I knew I had an advantage on the straight, but he rode brilliantly. I´ve not seen anyone ride a 500 like that since the 2000 season. When I got past him, I put in two fantastic laps and was able to take the victory.´

Alex Barros (2nd): ´It was a sensational race for us. The bike went really well, and the new part of the circuit favoured the 500s more I think. I tried to maintain my rhythm because I knew that Rossi would pass me if not. When he did overtake me, I did my best to go with him, but it was impossible. This is a difficult season for us, but we´ve taken advantage of the opportunity here.´

Carlos Checa (3rd): ´I touched a few of the other riders today, and it seemed like my bike was magnetically drawn to them! We weren´t able to work on the bike enough here, so we made some changes for the race. I was disappointed I wasn´t able to lap with Rossi and Barros, but results like this show that we are doing a good job, and are heading in the right direction now´.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2002, Gauloises Dutch TT

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