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Rossi suffers after run-off and tyre problems

Rossi suffers after run-off and tyre problems

After qualifying on pole, Valentino Rossi had hoped to extend his World Championship lead at the Grand Prix of Turkey as he seeks to regain the title from Nicky Hayden.

After qualifying on pole, Valentino Rossi had hoped to extend his World Championship lead at the Grand Prix of Turkey as he seeks to regain the title from Nicky Hayden.

But it was a frustrating day for the five-time former World Champion as he repeated an error at the Istanbul Park track from 2006 to run wide and lose vital places – this time when leading in the first lap. Last year he fought back from 14th to 4th, but on this occasion tyre deterioration saw him drop further back during the race to finish 10th.

It was especially disappointing for the Fiat Yamaha man as Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner won the race and retook the lead in the World Championship standings. The Australian took full advantage of a multiple collision in an incident packed first lap which took Rossi's team-mate Colin Edwards and Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, amongst others, out of contention.

On another day the emptier track resulting from the crash might have given Rossi the opportunity to make up for his early error but his Michelin tyres let him down, as eight Bridgestone riders finished ahead of him in the top ten.

After the race Rossi commented: "We are very disappointed today because we had high expectations for this race, but instead we had some unexpected problems with the tyre and it's been a disaster for us. Yesterday and this morning the same race tyre felt good but unfortunately today something happened to it after some laps and I couldn't fulfil the potential we had here. We don't know the reason yet for the problem but now Michelin are trying to understand what happened."

"I had a great start and was leading on the first lap, although I made a mistake at turn eleven when I ran wide and dropped to fifth. However at that stage my bike was working very well and I was able to fight back to second; I felt sure that I was going to have a good battle with Stoner! Sadly though, after ten or eleven laps, the tyre started to lose all grip and I had to slow right down because I was quite scared. It felt like there was a big problem with the tyre and I had to go very carefully just to finish. We're all quite sad tonight but we have many more races so we will look forward now to China."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Valentino Rossi

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