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Thoughts from Misano in MotoGP press conference

Thoughts from Misano in MotoGP press conference

Upon their arrival at Misano, five MotoGP riders took part in the official press conference for this weekend's race.

Upon their arrival at Misano, five MotoGP riders took part in the official press conference for this weekend's race.

Casey Stoner

"I don't think that this track will be any different to any other new track that gets put on the calendar. We're all in the same boat, more or less. From what I've seen riding round on the scooter, it looks technical and tight, which sometimes makes for close racing. I think that this could possibly be a bigger race in terms of atmosphere even than Mugello."

Valentino Rossi

"It is very strange to come to Misano, where I rode a ‘big' bike for the first time. This part of Italy is more passionate about riding than other parts.

"We will continue some of the new things from the Brno test tomorrow, to see if we can move them forward. In terms of the championship, it only finishes when the mathematicians say so."

Marco Melandri

"Until I ride the track then I won't really know how my neck is. I haven't been able to do any sport in recent weeks, so I have to be very careful and take things nice and slow tomorrow. I just want to finish the race on Sunday. This injury is made worse by the fact that I don't even know what caused it; it wasn't a crash or anything."

John Hopkins

"I can't wait to get out there; the track seems easy to learn, and it is good to be part of the atmosphere here at Misano.

"Testing went well, and I still had a lot of work to do with Bridgestone as I will continue riding with them in 2008. I don't think that it will be impossible to catch Dani Pedrosa in the championship either. He is consistent, but the competition between me and my team-mate Chris (Vermeulen) is making things a little more special."

Nicky Hayden

"If this is anything like Mugello, then the race will be real special. It's narrow, which can give some great races, and means that sometimes the best rider is the one who comes out on top after everything else.

"I made a step up at Brno, but I still got spanked by Stoner by 13 seconds so there is room for improvement!"

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MotoGP, 2007, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI

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