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Rossi aiming to stay on track

Rossi aiming to stay on track

Rossi aiming to stay on track

Valentino Rossi says he is confident of another top performance at Catalunya this weekend after returning to the top step of the podium at Mugello last Sunday. The MotoGP World Champion ran off track in last year's race here, allowing Loris Capirossi to take the win, but says that his efforts at the Official Tests in March, when he drove away in a BMW Z4 after setting the fastest lap in a 45-minute televised session, should bear fruit this weekend.

"I think it's highly possible to perform well there this year because I already did well at the Barcelona IRTA tests," commented the Italian, who lies second in the championship, 10 points behind Sete Gibernau.

"I was able to put in quite a lot of fast laps, including the one that won me the BMW! I really like the Barcelona track, it's a bit too bumpy at the moment but it has longer corners which I like, and the last part of the track I especially enjoy.

"I had a pretty good race there last year because I made a good recovery after almost falling, and then managed to finish second. However it wasn't my best race because it should have been possible to win and then I made a mistake, losing the opportunity, which was a real shame.

"I always think two of the most important races of the year are Mugello and Barcelona; we've obviously got Mugello under our belt now, and hopefully Barcelona will be one we can do well at as well."


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