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Brivio rues Rossis missed Misano chance

Brivio rues Rossis missed Misano chance

Fiat Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio could only look forward to the next round of the World Championship after Valentino Rossi´s dream of a victorious homecoming at Misano ended after just five laps of Sundays race.

Fiat Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio could only look forward to the next round of the World Championship after Valentino Rossi´s dream of a victorious homecoming at Misano ended after just five laps of Sundays race.

With thousands of passionate Italian fans looking on at the track which lies just a few kilometres from Rossis hometown of Tavullia, the five-time premier class king started the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini from second on the grid - with high hopes of an exciting podium battle with championship leader Casey Stoner.

Rossi lost one place at the start and another a few turns later as first John Hopkins and then Chris Vermeulen went past him, but never got the chance to fight back as he lost the power in the newly installed engine of his YZR-M1 800cc machinery on lap five of 28 - and was forced to coast home to the pits.

With Stoner the eventual winner, the result meant Rossi´s dream of a late-season revival slipped further away and he now lies 85 points adrift in second, with only 125 points still available from the remaining five races.

After the race Brivio commented: ´We used the new engine today and unfortunately something went wrong. It might not have been anything to do with the new technology, we need to check but this can happen and this is racing. It´s just very disappointing for everyone and especially all the thousands of fans who came today to cheer Valentino on. We have to look forward to Estoril now and keep working; we know that all the Yamaha engineers are very busy trying to improve our situation and we have confidence in them.´

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

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