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Rossi's race goes up in smoke

Rossi's race goes up in smoke

Rossi's race goes up in smoke

The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix saw two trademark Valentino Rossi moments: one spellbinding for its skill, the other heartbreaking for its misfortune. As in recent races, the reigning World Champion made a mesmerising comeback through the field from tenth on the grid, but as in China and Le Mans, he saw his work amount to nothing as mechanical problems forced his early retirement and a Grand Prix without points.

The Camel Yamaha rider spoke after the race about his bad luck:

"The problem was a general one that we've suffered all weekend. We had difficulties with fine tuning and couldn't find solutions, although in the warm-up things seemed okay. During the race I lost part of the left hand rubber on the tyre, and in the end the engine lost a lot of power and cut out."

"For the first time I don't feel the pressure of fighting for the title, because the points difference is wide and I should just focus on giving my all in the remaining races.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi

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