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Rossi respect for 'The Cathedral'

Rossi respect for 'The Cathedral'

Rossi respect for 'The Cathedral'

Valentino Rossi revealed his excitement at the prospect of another visit to ‘The Cathedral' of motorcycle racing this weekend by saying he felt ‘privileged' to race in the Dutch TT at Assen. The fluid nature and historical importance of the Circuit van Drenthe are both appreciated by Rossi, who recalls one of the best races of his distinguished career there riding a 125cc Aprilia back in 1997.

"Assen is a really good track that all the riders like," says Rossi. "It's such a big emotion to race there because it's different from all the other courses - it's historic, very old, and isn't a ‘computer' track like all the others.

"It's still called a TT and I always feel privileged to be racing in a TT. I have never ridden the M1 there but I think it will go quite well, as the M1's handling is so good and Assen is all corners.

"The big problem with Assen is when it will rain, not if! I think we've still not overcome some of the problems we have with the bike in wet conditions. Sete and his bike are obviously very fast in the rain, I'm sure they are faster than us, so I really hope for a dry race if it's possible, and let's see what happens. I would always prefer to race in the dry given the choice.

"Assen holds good memories for me anyway as I had a fantastic race there when competing on a 125 in 1997. It was one of the best of my career, with a brilliant fight between five or six riders. I'm looking forward to racing there again this year."

Relive that dramatic 125cc race at Assen in 1997 by clicking the video link at the top of the page.

MotoGP, 2004, GAULOISES TT ASSEN, Valentino Rossi

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