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Rossi, Hayden, Melandri, Pedrosa and Capirossi speak at press conference

Rossi, Hayden, Melandri, Pedrosa and Capirossi speak at press conference

Rossi, Hayden, Melandri, Pedrosa and Capirossi speak at press conference

Valentino Rossi

It was an important decision, one which I took my time over. I had the chance to drive the best race car in the world, the best machine in Formula 1, and understand my potential. Bikes are better for me to be at the top level. There are good riders and bikes.

I have to win this weekend, it's the number one event of the year and it feels like a win here serves as more than double the points. I need to close the gap, and after Le Mans the new chassis is good and very rideable. This is the key moment of the year.

Nicky Hayden

I had a bout of Bronchitis in Le Mans, but it's over now. No excuses here, I feel good and it's one of the best tracks on the calendar. The fans are passionate and we all love being here.

Marco Melandri

It will be a very hard weekend. I think that it is a must-win race for Valentino.

The race last year was one of the best of my life, even though I didn't manage to get on the podium. Riding against Loris for the third place was great, and a podium finish on Sunday would make me very happy.

Dani Pedrosa

I think that I have to learn quickly here like at every track. It is a question of getting used to the circuit and then starting to work.

It's not been too bad a start, I have made a few mistakes but because the riders are so strong here you have to fight for everything.

Loris Capirossi

Ducati are always fast here, but this year is a little different in the fact that we aren't focussing on our top speed as much as overall performance and rideability.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Loris Capirossi, Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa, Marco Melandri, Valentino Rossi

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