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Rossi and Capirossi observe rivals' development

Rossi and Capirossi observe rivals' development

Following their respective rides to second and third at the GMC Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, experienced Italian MotoGP pair Loris Capirossi and Valentino Rossi were asked for their views on prototype development elsewhere in the paddock.

Following their respective rides to second and third at the GMC Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, experienced Italian MotoGP pair Loris Capirossi (Ducati Marlboro) and Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) were asked for their views on prototype development elsewhere in the paddock.

Both are former Honda riders and the amassed press corps were interested in their views on the progression the Repsol Honda team have made this season with improvements visible to the competitiveness of the RC212V ridden by Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa in recent rounds.

Rossi, who won premier class titles on Honda 500cc and 990cc prototypes, commented: "Honda have made a bike that is quite different from the past. In some parts it's very good to ride, but maybe it has some problems with stability or something like this," before joking, "sincerely though I have all of my brain focussed on understanding my bike so it's quite difficult to also understand the Hondas!"

Meanwhile, Capirossi, a former Honda rider himself, who like Rossi successfully battled with Pedrosa for the podium at Phillip Island, added: "I think the main thing we've seen with the Honda factory bike is that the engine is really fast compared with at the beginning. The bike has improved a lot during the whole season. About the handling I think it's not too bad, but it's hard to compare with our bike because the tyres are different."

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MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi

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