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Rossi thanks Mugello crowd for passionate support

Rossi thanks Mugello crowd for passionate support

Valentino Rossi's maestro performance at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice maintained his position as the king of Mugello, as he took victory to become the first rider ever to win his home Grand Prix for six consecutive seasons.

Valentino Rossi's maestro performance at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice maintained his position as the king of Mugello, as he took victory to become the first rider ever to win his home Grand Prix for six consecutive seasons.

The Fiat Yamaha rider's superb display in front of a passionate Italian crowd of more than 80,000 spectators in the beautiful Tuscan countryside was his second victory of 2007, as he seeks to regain the World title from Nicky Hayden.

The win also cut Casey Stoner's lead at the top of the current general classification to just nine points, with the young Australian Ducati Marlboro rider finishing fourth in Italy.

In a typically warm Rossi gesture he threw his specially designed one off Mugello race helmet into the Italian crowd from the top step of the podium in acknowledgement of the tremendous support he receives at his home race.

At the end of an emotional afternoon The Doctor commented: "It's hard to explain what I'm feeling right now. Winning is always an incredible feeling and if the race is as hard as this one was then it's even better. I have to say thank you to everybody because both the tyres and the bike were great. I felt so good and this track is always special for me, that's why this win says so much about me."

"Racing in front of all of these people backing you is great, you can feel the passion the supporters are giving you and this win is for them, all the people supporting me. We knew to win here we had to give it some heart, so we put it on the helmet we just needed to show it on the track."

"Really that's the first of four very important races. Four tracks in a row, next it's Barcelona, then Donington, then Assen, three races in four weeks. That's why we all have to stay focused, but today's win is just a great shot of confidence for me and everybody in the team, we'll do our best in the coming races."

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Valentino Rossi

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