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Rossi blames set-up problems

Rossi blames set-up problems

Rossi blames set-up problems

Valentino Rossi has revealed that set-up problems with his Yamaha YZR-M1 machine prevented him from challenging for victory at the third round of the MotoGP World Championship at Le Mans on Sunday.

The reigning World Champion, who crashed in the morning warm-up for the first time since the German Grand Prix last July and almost missed the start of the race due to an electrical fault on the grid, had to push hard to finish in fourth place but says he is confident of a star role in his home race at Mugello in three weeks' time.

"That was a really difficult race," commented Rossi. "The bike just didn't feel right all weekend, especially with the braking. I had a different feeling at the start of the warm-up lap with the new electronic system and the bike stopped.

"When everything goes well with this bike then it is very easy to ride, but here set-up difficulties have made it more tricky. We've spent two days trying to fix the problems but unfortunately it has not been possible for this race - we need some more time to work it out.

"We have organised a one-day test tomorrow so I hope that we will be able to fix the problem then. Carlos was very strong today and he has more experience than me with this bike. We are not too far behind and Mugello is going to be a brilliant fight."

MotoGP, 2004, GRAND PRIX POLINI DE FRANCE, Valentino Rossi

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