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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: `Estoril is a circuit which I have never really liked, but always seem to have done well at. In 2000 I started from twelfth on the grid and finished third after a fantastic race, and last year I had a good fight with Capirossi for the win. I hope for another good race here but this is a good circuit for Kato and for sure it will be difficult to finish ahead of him.´

Max Biaggi: `We had a lot of trouble here at the tests we had during the winter but we have made a big jump with the bike since then and I hope we don´t experience the same problems. The win at Brno was a sign of optimism for the whole team and even though Honda will be very tough to beat we can be a lot more confident than in the past.´

Marco Melandri: `It has been a very nice year for me and I hope to win again this weekend in Portugal. It will be very difficult though because there are many first gear corners and I think Roby Rolfo will be very strong. I am trying to stay focussed on my job but there are a lot of people talking about next year. As far as I am concerned I would love to ride in MotoGP but to think about it now would be dangerous.´

MotoGP, 2002, Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal

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