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Rossi admits he felt the pressure

Rossi admits he felt the pressure

Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi admitted he found it hard to sleep on Friday night at the A-Style TT Assen after qualifying on the fourth row for the ninth race of the season, whilst title rival Casey Stoner had secured a front row start.

Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi admitted he found it hard to sleep on Friday night at the A-Style TT Assen after qualifying on the fourth row for the ninth race of the season, whilst title rival Casey Stoner had secured a front row start.

Before Rossi's triumph at the historic Dutch circuit the Italian was 26 points behind the Australian in the standings and knew that a repeat of his performance from Germany last year – in which he also took victory from 11th on the grid – would be the perfect response as the season reached the half way stage.

That was a big ask, especially with Stoner in such good form, but The Doctor produced one of his classic MotoGP displays, riding a perfect race to take victory number three of the season and close the gap in the title chase to 21 points.

Reflecting on the Dutch visit, Rossi commented: "Yesterday (Friday) was a disaster and last night it was difficult to sleep, because I was saying, 'why?'. At Donington there were bad conditions, then here there were good conditions in practice before the rain arrived right in the official practice (qualifying). We were struggling a lot. In the wet it's all about feeling with your bike and with your tyres. If you don't have feeling you take close to four or five seconds longer to lap."

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MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, Valentino Rossi

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