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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: `We had big problems in Malaysia with the clutch and the engine braking but we have some engineers here this weekend who should help us sort it out. This is not my favourite circuit but I like it very much. Some parts change direction at over 200km/h so it is great fun and I think the rider can count more than the bike here because it is not necessary to have the perfect set-up.´

Max Biaggi: `I am optimistic about the race here – hopefully it is dry because we need to do some work with the bike. We tested here about seven or eight months ago but the bike has changed so much we cannot use the data. Last year I lost here by a hair´s breadth in a very close race and I think this year if it is dry we could see the same sort of race. It is the easiest track to overtake on so it will be lots of fun.´

Andrew Pitt: `I have been coming to this track since I started racing seven years ago so it should be easier than Malaysia because I know the circuit. I can concentrate on the setting of the bike and the way I ride it which is important because it is so different to the Supersport bike I used to ride. I am under no pressure though and these last three races are just like tests for next year.´

MotoGP, 2002, SKYY VODKA Australian Grand Prix

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