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Quotes from the top three riders in Le Mans

Quotes from the top three riders in Le Mans

Quotes from the top three riders in Le Mans

Toni Elias, winner:

´I started the race well and towards the end I found it quite easy. I was trying to follow De Puniet for a number of laps and he was very strong at his home track and had a good rhythm. I was able to get close enough and squeeze by. I then pushed hard to take a small advantage and I was able to win. The victory was very important today and I´m really happy.´

Randy De Puniet, runner-up:

´This was a good race for me and for the team. On lap 16 I hade a big problem because my rear tyre had gone off and was too soft. I tried to keep up with Toni but I could not retake the lead. Second place is OK for me and I hope also for my supporters today.´

Roberto Rolfo, 3rd position:

´This race was very difficult because I only had the set-up from Friday in the dry with which I did not feel so fast. So there was a big question mark hanging over the race. I enjoyed the last lap! We were really close and I had tried to pass Nieto in the second corner. We have worked a lot on this bike and I have to thank my team but we need more acceleration to try and stay with the Aprilias. We are waiting for new material from Honda but we are improving all the time.´

250cc, 2003, Grand Prix Polini de France

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