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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

Kenny Roberts: `I have always ridden a lot of motocross and flat track and after the operation my arm seems fine. Tomorrow is when it counts though and it will be a good point to see just how well it is and how much progress has been made with the bike. A lot of guys I know in the U.S. have had the same problem and the same doctor and have all been cured so hopefully that will be the case for me.´

Valentino Rossi: `I went to Ibiza during the break and it was nice to relax for a while. Five weeks is a long period, though, so I am ready to restart. I hope so anyway! I like this track a lot, it holds good memories for me although it is not perfect for my style. It is technical, wide, fast and difficult and I think it suits riders with a `cleaner´ style. We tested here after Mugello and it was possible to use all the power of the four stroke. We had some chatter problems but it is should be hotter this weekend so that should be okay. Kato is here on the V5 and he will be another hard rival to beat. He is a very good rider and in my opinion he will need just one race to get to 100% on the V5.´

$$$ Daijiro Kato: `This will be my first time on the V5 and I am very excited. As you know this bike has won every race so far so I must also give a good result. I found it difficult to get results in the first half of the season but I think winning the Suzuka 8 hours on a four stroke could be a turning point for me. I haven´t ridden the V5 on a track yet but I sat on it at the Honda test track and they adjusted the riding position for me. I think the RC211V will be very different to the NSR500 and the VTR1000 and I am very much looking forward to tomorrow.´

Loris Capirossi: `I have spent the summer receiving therapy on my injury and I think I am at about 80%. Tomorrow will be my first time back on a motorcycle since Assen so we will see. It is very strange to see a race on TV and it is a lot better to be here and out on the track. Hopefully I can ride in good gonditions.´


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