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Rossi and Lorenzo reflect on one-two

Rossi and Lorenzo reflect on one-two

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were side-by-side on the grid, and the Fiat Yamaha riders stuck together in Le Mans for a memorable one-two.

Fiat Yamaha were without a presence on the front row for the first time this season in Le Mans, but the factory team ended the day in spectacular style with a one-two finish. Both were delighted with the result, with Rossi equalling a long-standing record and Lorenzo exceeding even his own expectations.

Valentino Rossi – Race Winner

`To arrive at 90 wins like this and equal Angel´s record is a dream for me. I had quite a lot of pressure because Angel was waiting with the special leathers to join me on the bike, so I really needed to win! It was great to ride with him – I think maybe with some practice he can be as fast as us! 180 victories together on one bike is quite impressive I think! Honestly I didn´t expect to be so fast today but together with Jeremy and my guys we decided to make some small modifications this morning and in the race my M1 and my Bridgestone tyres worked brilliantly from start to finish. When it started to rain a little bit I thought "oh no!' and so I steadied a bit and tried to ride very sweetly; I had such a good rhythm and I really didn't want to have to change bikes. Luckily the rain soon stopped and I was able to continue in the same way. It's great for Yamaha to have the first three and I want to congratulate Jorge especially for doing such a good job in his condition. Thanks to everybody in the team; the job that Yamaha has done in three months is incredible. I enjoyed myself so much today, the atmosphere in our garage is perfect and now we will make two important days of testing, try to improve even more and then head to Mugello!´

Jorge Lorenzo - 2nd

` Firstly I want to say congratulations to Yamaha because it´s fantastic to have three on the podium and it demonstrates how strong our bike is. After the weekend I have had, with the crashes and so much pain, I can´t believe I´m here! All last night I worried about this race because I really thought it might be too hard. It was a dream to finish sixth or seventh, especially when I could only manage 11th in the warm-up. I knew I had to try however and on the grid one of my mechanics reminded me that my rivals were just the same ones as in Portugal; this was a good motivation! I had some problems at the start and it´s clear that we need to work on these, but after a while I found my rhythm and once again I was able to make my way through the field and pass some riders. I think the rain helped me for the first time in my life because everyone was a little bit slower for a few laps, but second is unbelievable and I think I look a bit happier this afternoon! Now we have to work as hard as possible to heal my injuries and improve my physical condition, so that we can be back to our best in Mugello.´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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