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Tamada confident after morning pace

Tamada confident after morning pace

Tamada confident after morning pace

Makoto Tamada believes his pace in the second free practice session gives him plenty of reason for optimism ahead of the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix on Sunday, despite qualifying seventh fastest in the afternoon. Sunday's race starts at the unusual time of 11:30am and Tamada, who was fastest in Saturday morning's FP2, thinks it could play to his favour.

"I'm ready for the race and I worked a lot today, especially in the morning free because as we race at 11:30 tomorrow the track temperatures will be lower than they were this afternoon," explained Tamada, who scored his only podium here last year.

"I got a good idea about how things are today and I have found suitable tyre and bike settings, even when testing endurance. I can't be anything but confident, although with the seventh fastest time, I'll have to do a lightning start."

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MotoGP, 2004, Makoto Tamada

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