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Rossi: "We're not perfect yet"

Rossi: 'We're not perfect yet'

On a roll after having taken victory at Assen, Valentino Rossi could be forgiven for thinking that it was only a matter of time before he closed down the points gap between himself and Casey Stoner at the business end of the MotoGP classification.

On a roll after having taken victory at Assen, Valentino Rossi could be forgiven for thinking that it was only a matter of time before he closed down the points gap between himself and Casey Stoner at the business end of the MotoGP classification.

Certainly, the head-to-head records of the leading duo at the scene of round ten could not be more different: Rossi was victorious for the second year in succession at Sachsenring in 2006, whilst Stoner's only visit to the German circuit onboard a MotoGP bike ended early when he crashed in the morning warm-up.

However, the five-time MotoGP World Champion is taking nothing for granted in a season in which Stoner has silenced his critics, and is predicting the he will be pushed to the limit once more this Sunday.

"Casey will be strong again (at Sachsenring), like he is everywhere this year. With him performing at such a high level at every race, 21 points is not a small amount so we have to be at the maximum. We've got work to do still; we're not perfect yet, especially in the wet, but we're going in the right direction and we'll keep pushing. We still have half the season left! Sachsenring is quite a different track, very tight and twisty, but for the past two years our bike has worked very well there and we've been able to win," says the Italian.

"After the fantastic race in Assen I'm really looking forward to Sachsenring. Last year in Germany we qualified 11th and won, in Assen we did the same thing! Of course, I would much rather start from the front but anyway I'm feeling confident. The Yamaha works very well in Sachsenring and I've had a lot of good wins there in my career.

Colin Edwards has a best result of fifth at Sachsenring, taken in 2004, although his most vivid memory of the track will surely be that of catching fire in his maiden visit to the track the season before. The Texan has had a mixed year in 2007, but believes that one of his better results could come in Germany despite the difficult nature of the circuit.

"I've never gone great at Sachsenring and it's definitely not one of my favourite tracks on the calendar, but our bike's a lot different to last year so I'm actually looking forward to the race," says Edwards. "I like racing at the front and that's where I intend to be. Assen was disappointing because I expected more and I had the pace, but now we just need to take that to Germany and put things right. I found a front-running pace in Assen and now we are expecting things to work in Germany too."

"The track has two different parts - one where it's very difficult to overtake and another which requires a massive physical effort because it works the left-hand side of your body really hard. The tyres are under a lot of strain and it's vital to make the right choice so they don't overheat on the left-side. Generally I get along okay with the layout and there are always a lot of fans so it should be a good weekend."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Valentino Rossi

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