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Rossi: "One of the greatest moments of my career"

Rossi: 'One of the greatest moments of my career'

Rossi: "One of the greatest moments of my career"

Valentino Rossi described his pole lap at Welkom as ‘probably one of the greatest moments of my career so far' on Sunday night after an astonishing day of action in South Africa. The World Champion starts tomorrow's race, his first with Yamaha, from the front of the grid as he looks to become the first man ever to win consecutive races on different machinery.

"That was a fantastic lap, I'm really happy to get pole position!" smiled Rossi "We've done something that nobody expected in a really short time, in just a matter of months. I gave 100 percent and I think this is a great moment for the sport and especially for everyone at Yamaha.

"This is probably one of the greatest moments of my career so far but now we need to win a race. Tomorrow is going to be very difficult, I don't know how the bike will perform on race tyres and we still have more work to do. We're not going to change anything on the bike for tomorrow. Anyway let's see for tomorrow and hopefully I'll sleep OK tonight!"

Rossi's Crew Chief Jeremy Burgess said that he expected nothing less of a rider who has already established himself as one of the best of all time. "I'm not too surprised, I knew we'd worked really hard, that everyone at Yamaha had worked very hard, and Valentino of course, and I expected we'd be near the front," commented the straight-talking Australian.

"However these are early days, this is one race of sixteen and this is our first pole position. But as a team it's great to be in this position today and now we have to turn that into something positive tomorrow.

"Because this bike is new for us at every circuit we've been working and changing a little bit more than in the past in order to get the best out of the machine, particularly suspension and transmission. We've seen the Yamaha's potential in the past and now we need all the components to be in the right place at once; the bike, the rider and the team."


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