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Rossi: The magician of Donington Park

Rossi: The magician of Donington Park

Rossi: The magician of Donington Park

After two races without a podium Valentino Rossi returned to the top step at the British Grand Prix. It was another victory for the Italian at a track where he has always been successful since entering the premier class, apart from last season when he took the chequered flag but was penalised for a yellow flag infringement and bumped down to 3rd.

"It was a great race," the 25 year old declared. "To ride here is always fantastic for me. It is always a magical place and after Italy this is easily my home Grand Prix." p> Valentino dominated the race quite comfortably from the first few laps and finally crossed the finish line ahead of the two Telefónica Movistar Honda riders, Colin Edwards and Sete Gibernau respectively.

"The bike had been great throughout the whole weekend and I could make my pace and rhythm very quickly to gain a small advantage," commented the visibly overjoyed Yamaha rider. "I always had Edwards behind me trying to catch up." After the little disappointments of Brazil, where he hit the ground, and Germany, where he could not place inside the top three, the Cinzano British Grand Prix was a perfect example again of the potent Rossi and Yamaha M1 package. "I feel really comfortable riding and the bike is working well. I want to give thanks to Yamaha and the team, as well as Michelin, because the tyres helped me so much here."

After the Donington Park success, Rossi leads the Championship by 22 points over Catalan Sete Gibernau.

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MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi

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