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Rainey on Rossi and the four-stroke revolution

Rainey on Rossi and the four-stroke revolution

Rainey on Rossi and the four-stroke revolution

As Valentino Rossi launches his quest to take the MotoGP World Championship crown to Yamaha, the Japanese factory's last World Champion was on hand to witness the Italian's latest conquest at Barcelona last Sunday. American legend Wayne Rainey, who lifted the title in 1992, returned to the paddock for the first time since 2000 to get a look at the four-stroke MotoGP machines and meet up with former rivals Kevin Schwantz and Mick Doohan.

"You have to ride that Yamaha like you always did - there might be a little gap to the Honda, but that's why Yamaha has Valentino, he's supposed to make that gap up," commented Rainey, who won the 500cc World Championship three times.

"It's a nice sound, they accelerate well. It's nice to see that the riders can take some risk and it helps them take risks. Just being a four-stroke it's a bit more forgiving around the corners, in the end, that's better for the sport because riders aren't jumping off as much as they used to."

To hear the rest of this exclusive interview, click on the video link at the top of the page.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, Valentino Rossi

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