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Rossi: "Le Mans is a Yamaha track"

Rossi: 'Le Mans is a Yamaha track'

Rossi: "Le Mans is a Yamaha track"

Valentino Rossi has admitted he is looking forward to the challenge of regaining the championship lead he relinquished for the first time in three seasons at Jerez last week with victory at Le Mans this Sunday, a venue he believes to be ‘a Yamaha track'.

Rossi won the race at the Bugatti circuit on a Honda in 2002 but was beaten to first and second place the previous season by Max Biaggi, then on a Yamaha, and current team-mate Carlos Checa and knows that the characteristics of the circuit could suit his bike if the conditions remain favourable.

"Le Mans is definitely a Yamaha track, and I think we have a good chance there," commented Rossi. "It can be quite tricky there if the weather is bad, so I really hope we have a bit of luck and it's dry."

For Checa the Grand Prix de France represents an opportunity to repeat his previous success and return to the podium for the first time since the Portuguese Grand Prix in 2002.

"Le Mans is the kind of track we were always successful at with the two-strokes, but not so far with the four-strokes, and we hope to change that this year," affirmed Checa.

"Actually the Le Mans track improved a lot last year, they changed it at the end of turns two and three, and the asphalt and grip level changed. I basically like the last part of the track, it reminds me of the Calafat circuit in Catalunya. Last year I had a problem in the Le Mans race but I'm focusing on the future now."

MotoGP, 2004, Valentino Rossi

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