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Rossi frustrated after Californian struggle

Rossi frustrated after Californian struggle

Valentino Rossi's fourth place in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca on Sunday leaves the five-time former premier class World Champion with a 44 point deficit to make up on leader Casey Stoner after the summer break.

Valentino Rossi's fourth place in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca on Sunday leaves the five-time former premier class World Champion with a 44 point deficit to make up on leader Casey Stoner after the summer break.

With Bridgestone riders seemingly having the upper hand and taking all three podium slots, Rossi did his very best from fifth on the grid with a spirited ride in difficult conditions. His Fait Yamaha colleague Colin Edwards also struggled on the Michelin compounds selected for the Californian venue as he slipped from eighth on the grid to eleventh place at the end after fading in the second half of the race.

After crashing out in Germany the previous weekend Rossi was looking for a good result at Laguna ahead of the four week break before the Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske Republiky at Brno in August - but it was not to be as a lack of tyre grip forced him to slacken off the pace and he eventually crossed the line 30 seconds behind Stoner.

Reflecting on the eleventh round of the championship, Rossi commented: "A difficult, difficult race. It was impossible and it's very frustrating because the difference with Bridgestone is incredible. Unfortunately, we tried to work a lot on the bike, I tried to put in a lot of effort after the crash (in FP3), but there was no way. We didn't have enough rhythm, enough grip to try to fight."

For Rossi's full video interview with motogp.com follow the video link on the left.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi

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