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Rossi demonstrates solid Sepang pace

Rossi demonstrates solid Sepang pace

After qualifying in his second worst grid position of the season in ninth at Sepang and lapping well behind Casey Stoner in warm up and free practice, Valentino Rossi performed valiantly in Sundays MotoGP contest to earn 11 more points with a praiseworthy fifth place finish.

After qualifying in his second worst grid position of the season in ninth at Sepang and lapping well behind Casey Stoner on race tyres in warm up and free practice, Fiat Yamahas Valentino Rossi performed valiantly in Sundays MotoGP contest to earn 11 more points with a praiseworthy fifth place finish.

Things had not looked good for The Doctor in the customary Sunday morning warm up when he was 11th fastest and more than 1.2s off Stoners pace setting best, but once the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix race was underway the Italian 28 year-old made good ground and got up to seventh by the end of lap two.

His frustration that things have not been going his way of late was perhaps demonstrated by a rather over-enthusiastic manoeuvre which saw him pass Kawasakis Ant West in the early stages, but Rossi made it into fifth place on lap five and maintained his position from there until the end of the race despite any earlier concerns about his Michelin compounds.

Indeed Rossi was able to lap consistently at the same pace as the leaders throughout, and recorded the second fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap.

The five-time former MotoGP champion now lies 24 points clear of Dani Pedrosa in the general standings, meaning he has to take just a single point from the final round at Valencia to secure second place.

As ever setting the highest standards for himself, Rossi declared from the Malaysia paddock: Of course Im disappointed with fifth place, but I am very happy with my race today. Its a pity because we had great potential this afternoon and, if we had been able to start from the front row, I think we could have fought for the victory.

We made some modifications today and luckily everything worked much better during the race than it had during practice. We were fast this afternoon, we had a great pace but unfortunately we really lost the race yesterday in qualifying!

My Michelin tyres worked very well to the end today so this is encouraging for Valencia, where we will be trying one more time to win before the end of the season.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi

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