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Rossi looking to regain edge

Rossi looking to regain edge

Rossi looking to regain edge

Valentino Rossi arrives in Germany this weekend knowing that victory at the eighth round of the season will regain the psychological edge in the battle for MotoGP supremacy against Sete Gibernau as the season reaches the halfway point.

With both riders crashing out of the last round in Brazil and level on points at the top of the championship, the need for a morale-boosting victory is at its most acute and, one year on from his last corner defeat to Gibernau at this circuit, revenge would be a double-edged sword for the reigning World Champion at a track which has gone well for Yamaha in the past.

"I have no doubts though that we can start afresh this weekend with the confidence we have enjoyed at many races already this year," says Rossi, who has taken victories at Sachsenring in the 250cc and MotoGP classes. "We are only half way through the season and anything could happen. I think that we can be as competitive during the second half as we have been during the first.

"I've never really liked the Sachsenring track that much but the Yamahas generally go very well there so I hope I can be competitive. It's a circuit that relies on manoeuvrability as opposed to flat out horsepower.

"This will be my first time at Sachsenring with the M1 and I hope we get off to a better start than we did in Rio, another circuit where we had not previously tested before the race. That was a tough weekend and we never really got to grips with the M1 on the Rio track."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, VELTINS MOTORRAD GP DEUTSCHLAND, Valentino Rossi

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