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Frustrating Czech weekend for Rossi

Frustrating Czech weekend for Rossi

It was a frustrating afternoon on Sunday for Valentino Rossi at Brno as he crossed the line in seventh position, 22 seconds behind rampant race winner Casey Stoner - with the Ducati Marlboro youngster extending his World Championship advantage by a further 16 points to 60 at the head of the general classification.

It was a frustrating afternoon on Sunday for Valentino Rossi at Brno as he crossed the line in seventh position, 22 seconds behind rampant race winner Casey Stoner - with the Ducati Marlboro youngster extending his World Championship advantage by a further 16 points to 60 at the head of the general classification.

Rossi went into the Cardion ab Grand Prix Ceske republiky weekend knowing that he would need a similar comeback to 2006 in which he clawed back a 50-point deficit on Nicky Hayden after the summer break, only for his title hopes to be dashed in the final round of the season.

At the current rate Stoner will not have to wait until the last round of the year to win the title, as he dominated proceedings throughout the Brno weekend, while Fiat Yamahas Rossi was off the pace from the first Friday free practice session.

Indeed, Rossi may have five victories on Czech soil to his name, but he could not add to that tally after qualifying in sixth place on the grid - his lowest ever qualifying position at Brno.

Rossis plenty to discover in the two days of testing which follow Sundays race. He will aim to make improvements in order to get back on form and revive his fading title hopes in a crucial visit to Misano just miles from his birthplace in Italy in two weeks time.

After the race, he commented: ´We expected a difficult race today because we knew our potential here wasn´t very high after the last two days. However it was even worse than we expected! I tried to keep my rhythm going but, after only seven or eight laps, the tyre started to slide a lot on the right side and from then on I wasn´t able to open the throttle.´

´Throughout the weekend we have done everything to try to find more traction. We have changed the setting a lot to try to find a way to make the tyre work, but unfortunately during the race we had no grip. Also, with the setting we had to use, we had to sacrifice some of our corner speed and this also slowed us down. It was very difficult today. I was able to do 1.59s to start with but after a few laps the tyre made a big step down and then I just had to wait for the end of the race.´

´I had a hard time with Capirossi at the start; in some parts I was faster than him but I couldn´t overtake him because he was pulling away from me on the straights. Eventually I got past him but he stayed with me and I couldn´t pull clear. I pushed as hard as I could; at that time I wasn´t too fast but not too slow either, but after that my tyre was finished and then Vermeulen came, then Loris again...I am sad because I wasn´t even able to try to fight with them today. Towards the end I had to push at the limit to stay in front of de Puniet and luckily I managed, but we were a very long way from a good performance. I tried to change my style, to ride in a different way to help the situation, but it was no good.´

´We have a test now but in reality our situation is quite bad and we have a few different problems to deal with. We will try to make the best of the next t wo days of work and to try to find something different for the next few races. We have to wait and see what we find, but for sure it´s going to be very difficult. This is a very hard moment that we´re in. We have six races to go and we just have to work as hard as we can to try to find a way to get some good results.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Valentino Rossi

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