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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: ` All my fan club is here and for sure they would like a party in Rio. If not then they will enjoy the racing because the important thing is to win the championship, it doesn´t matter where. I like this track very much - I won here on the 125 in 1997, unfortunately we didn´t return in `98, but in `99 I won on the 250 and then won both 500 races in 2000 and 2001. Last year I was lucky because Carlos Checa was held up on the final corner. He is in good shape at the moment, so maybe we will have a good fight on Saturday.´

Alex Barros: `To represent your country is always a great thrill, but to be the only Brazilian rider here brings a lot of pressure and a lot of emotion. I have always gone well here, but I think it will be a lot more difficult this year because this track should suit the four-strokes. I hope to be on a four-stroke myself in the next race at Motegi , but I am not thinking about that now – my only focus is on this weekend.

Carlos Checa: `Last year I was so close to the win and I want to recreate that level of performance this weekend. We have made some improvements over the last few races and I like this track, so hopefully we can adapt well. The last few races are so close together that we won´t have time to develop the bike any further, so what we have now is what we have for the rest of the season.´

MotoGP, 2002

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