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Words from the MotoGP podium in Estoril

Words from the MotoGP podium in Estoril

Words from the MotoGP podium in Estoril

Valentino Rossi, winner:

"That was an important victory and very different from the last race in Brno. The pace at the front was very fast but once I got past Biaggi I managed to pull away. Since winning at Mugello I have made some mistakes but during the summer break after Germany we re-focused and the results are there to see." Max Biaggi, runner-up:

"I'm happy with the result. I got a good start and I was careful at turn one. I knew there would be a tricky situation there so to get through first was an advantage. Then I tried to impose my rhythm and split the group. My lap times were pretty good and I knew there would be a couple of people also at this level. I tried to stay in front but Rossi had a better pace. I'll just keep working at it and we'll move on from here." Loris Capirossi, 3rd place:

"Rossi and Biaggi set a very, very fast pace which I couldn't quite match. I tried to follow them but in the end I ended up chasing Sete after I made a little mistake at turn one just before half distance. During the final few laps I managed to get back with Sete, so I could plan my attack for the last lap. I got by him at turn one but then I had a big slide out of turn seven, which allowed him to re-pass me at the chicane. After that I stayed very close, then took an outside line at the final corner to overtake him 20 metres before the finish. I really wanted that podium!"

MotoGP, 2003, Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal

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