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Rossi ready for ‘a big battle' at Donington

Rossi ready for ‘a big battle' at Donington

Rossi ready for ‘a big battle' at Donington

As well as being his favourite venue on the calendar, Donington Park is also the closest circuit to Valentino Rossi's home city of London. The flamboyant Italian moved to the English capital in 2000 as he looked to avoid the constant glare of the media and fans in his own country and is aiming to use his local familiarity to bounce back to the top step of the rostrum after taking third place on his first visit to Laguna Seca in the last round.

"I was very happy to finish on the podium at Laguna Seca because it was my first time at the track and we knew it would be hard to battle with the Americans there," said Rossi, who will be addressing the British press at a special event in an Italian restaurant on Park Lane, London, on Wednesday. "We didn't have time to learn everything about the track and find the perfect setting for the bike, but I was close to the winner and that is important because now we go to Donington Park, a track I know well."

"I always look forward to riding at Donington because it is close to my house and now it is like a second home Grand Prix for me. It has been one of my favourite tracks ever since I rode the 125 and I have a lot of good memories – especially my first win with the 500 in 2001."

"Last year also was a good race with the Yamaha. It was an important time of the season, just before the summer, and we were making a lot of progress with the bike so I was able to win. Anyway, Colin was very strong in that race and I know he will be strong again this weekend. Marco Melandri is fast at Donington and also Nicky Hayden is in a very good moment, so I think it will be a big battle."

MotoGP, 2005, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi

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