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Mick Doohan gives his impression of the opening GP just after the race in Suzuka

Mick Doohan gives his impression of the opening GP just after the race in Suzuka

Mick Doohan gives his impression of the opening GP just after the race in Suzuka

Five time World Champion Mick Doohan gives his view of the Grand Prix of Japan prior to learning of the serious news concerning Daijiro Kato: Valentino was so strong and everyone was all over the place over the weekend regarding second. Some of the mechanics here tried to put a little bet on who was going to finish second and third but it was so hard. After warm-up it was difficult to see who was the best of the rest. It was only when money became involved that I had to lay some names on the table; I lost!

Valentino was in a class of his own. I was surprised at the strength of the Ducati, the performance of the engine is amazing. I think if Capirossi can maintain this momentum then Valentino will have a little bit of grief on his hands.

We need to have as many manufacturers as possible to create further interest in the series and sure I'm a Honda man but I'm really happy for Ducati to come in and do so well from the start. It makes Suzuki and Kawasaki look a little silly really. Aprilia seems to be going better this year and Yamaha have picked their game up. The more competition we can get the better.

I figured the Biaggi would want to come out of the box fighting and he did that, he made a few mistakes, which I thought was unnecessary. There were a few other people making costly errors like Ukawa who probably would not do that in any other GP apart from here.

It was Valentino's show today, he looked so easy and so comfortable doing those times, he could drop into what ever lap-time he wanted to do and at the end of the race he was just playing around. Everyone was looking forward to the start of the season and anticipated a bit of a closer race out front but Valentino is still in control.

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MotoGP, 2003, SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan, Mick Doohan

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