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Mick Doohan reflects on final qualifying at Sepang

Mick Doohan reflects on final qualifying at Sepang

Mick Doohan reflects on final qualifying at Sepang

Mick Doohan says he sees tomorrow's Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix as crucial to the destiny of the 2004 MotoGP World Championship after witnessing the final qualifying practice at Sepang. The former five-time World Champion, former team-mate to Sete Gibernau at Honda and Valentino Rossi's mentor when he first signed for the Japanese factory, gave his exclusive insight to the battle between the pair to on Saturday afternoon.

"Sete is the one who has everything to prove and everything to gain by winning here and the next few races," said Doohan. "Realistically, if he doesn't put in a good show tomorrow then it's nobody's fault but his own really.

"Valentino obviously doesn't want to see the championship slip away either. He's in a position and he's trying to capitalise on that. He's fourteen points in front and that's a long way to be behind for Sete.

"But having said that Valentino probably feels it's not far enough in front and he'd like to add another five points at least to that – especially after last week's incident. It's going to be a good race.

"You can never discount Valentino and then whoever else is behind that… I hope it's Sete, you know, it would be good to see the race for the championship go down to the end of the season but only time will tell."

To hear this exclusive interview in full, including Doohan's thoughts on the chances of Rossi's fellow front row starters Alex Barros and Shinya Nakano, click on the video link at the top of the page.


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