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No rest for Rossi despite domination

No rest for Rossi despite domination

No rest for Rossi despite domination

Having claimed nine out of a possible eleven victories with his Yamaha this season, including another head-to-head duel with his arch rival Sete Gibernau on Sunday, Valentino Rossi could perhaps be forgiven a day's grace when it comes to the duties of testing and trying new parts for his championship-winning machine. However, the Italian insists that while motivation may not be at optimum levels on the day after winning a race, the apathy it can bring is the greater of the two evils.

"Testing on the day after a race is never a very motivating occasion; having to test after having won the race I can say that my motivation is just a little more than zero," smiled the runaway championship leader. "But things change quickly in sport, and especially this sport, and the moment that you think your work is done, is the moment when others will take over you once again,"

Rossi spoke shortly after completing an intense day's work with his Yamaha factory team. "The bike is obviously quite good, and in fact we didn't test some of the engine parts Yamaha had brought because we don't want to take any risks at this stage. But there are still things we can improve on." The things to which the Italian refers include a new set of front forks, aimed at offering more confidence in turns, as well as a new mapping setting and numerous new Michelin tyres.

"They say that when you do tests on tyres, you are doing the testing for all the riders, and this is true, but it is Michelin and they are always improving things, so I am happy to do the work for them. They even brought five new tyres this afternoon, so I will test those tomorrow morning," added the 26 year-old.


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