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Tamada: "I am hoping to beat Rossi with a big distance"

Tamada: 'I am hoping to beat Rossi with a big distance'

Tamada: "I am hoping to beat Rossi with a big distance"

Makoto Tamada laid down the gauntlet to Valentino Rossi ahead of the Camel Grand Prix of Japan, saying he hopes to beat the Italian by ‘a big distance' in front of his home crowd. Tamada took his debut MotoGP victory earlier in the season at Rio and since then he has been the most form rider other than Rossi, picking up 70 points in five races.

Having taken pole and second place at the last round in Portugal, the Japanese star heads to the home of Honda, Bridegstone and Camel and hopes that they can all help him to his second victory of the year at the Motegi circuit, where he was famously disqualified last year after having collided with Sete Gibernau on the last lap.

"I think that I will go to Motegi in good shape," says Tamada. "In the Portugal race Valentino showed he can be on a different level to us all. In the next race I intend to show that in reality it isn't like that and I am hoping to beat him with a big distance between us.

"I think that Valentino controlled the race, the grip of the Bridgestone tyre lasted to the very end though, so I was able to keep my lap times constant throughout the race. It seems to me however that he has more scope with them during the race.

"I'm really happy about this. Both Bridgestone and I are working hard to see these improvements, and I think that we are seeing the fruit of this work now."

Click the video link at the top of the page to see this interview in its full and original version and enjoy some of the best moments of Tamada's race at Portugal.

MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Makoto Tamada, Valentino Rossi

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