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Rossi magnanimous after Melandri defeat

Rossi magnanimous after Melandri defeat

Rossi magnanimous after Melandri defeat

Gauloises Yamaha's Valentino Rossi missed out on equalling Mick Doohan's record of 12 wins in a single season, but he will have another crack at it in a fortnight at Valencia in the last round of the 2005 campaign. The Italian was reasonably pleased with second in Turkey after a tough weekend at the new Istanbul Park circuit.

Whilst Marco Melandri backed up his searing pace from practice with a dominant victory at the front, Rossi overcame a series of set-up problems and a bad start in the race to push his fellow Italian hard over the final few laps.

"On Friday and Saturday we struggled to find a good setting for the bike; yesterday morning I felt like I wanted to go home!" said Rossi. "It wasn't until qualifying practice yesterday afternoon that we began to understand what the problem was. We made some more steps forward in the warm-up this morning and went in a slightly different direction with the setting, which in the end wasn't so bad."

"Unfortunately I made a big mistake at the start and conceded a couple of seconds to the leader, which proved to be a big gap to make up. Melandri was very fast throughout the race and at certain points of the track I knew he was faster than me, so it would have been very hard to pass him. Anyway, I am satisfied with second place – it is a good result for us after all the troubles we've had this weekend and I'm really pleased with the way the team worked to overcome a difficult situation."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Marco Melandri, Valentino Rossi

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