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Rossi believes success will come with understanding

Rossi believes success will come with understanding

Given harsh treatment by two of the new riders in MotoGP, leaving him with his worst result in Qatar since 2004, five-time premier class World Champion Valentino Rossi was still his usual optimistic self after the first ever 800cc night race in Losail.

Given harsh treatment by two of the new riders in MotoGP, leaving him with his worst result in Qatar since 2004, five-time premier class World Champion Valentino Rossi was still his usual optimistic self after the first ever 800cc night race in Losail.

The Italian had managed to lead the race for a three-lap stint, but eventually dropped his pace and was left not just off the podium, but also pipped to fourth place by JiR Team Scot rookie Andrea Dovizioso. However, with Bridgestone and Fiat Yamaha experiencing separate success through racewinner Casey Stoner and Rossi's second-placing team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, the 29 year-old can draw positive conclusions from the sum of his 2008 race package.

"We were expecting a difficult race, because we were not so fast this weekend and also at last week's test," reviewed Rossi. "I hoped to finish on the podium, but it wasn't possible because we had too many problems. I tried to stay with Pedrosa and keep ahead of Dovizioso, but it was too difficult.

"We have to understand why things turned out like this, but it looks like the Bridgestone tyres are ok, the Yamaha bike is fast and we just have to put it all together."

Rossi also paid tribute to his new companion in the Yamaha factory team, with whom he had an early tussle on track in Losail. There had been much speculation as to how the duo –with their equally strong desire for victory and passion for theatrics- would gel in 2008, but for the moment at least the relationship remains amicable.

"I want to say congratulations to Lorenzo for a great debut tonight; honestly I'm not surprised because I knew he was fast and talented, but he did very well tonight in a hard race so well done to him," said the magnanimous Italian.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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