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Rossi giving little away ahead of `magnificent seven´ attempt

Rossi giving little away ahead of `magnificent seven´ attempt

Italian star Valentino Rossi is the odds-on favourite for a seventh Mugello victory at the Gran Premio d´Italia Alice this weekend.

Aiming for a magnificent seven of Mugello MotoGP victories, Valentino Rossi is the man of the moment in the World Championship. Racewinner in Shanghai and Le Mans, the Italian is now sitting pretty at the top of the overall standings and the odds of a home triumph this weekend have been cut significantly.

Rossi´s work in Le Mans did not end with his Angel Nieto-led warm-down lap after crossing the finish line. The 29 year-old had a full two days of testing with the Yamaha M1 and Bridgestone tyres in order to prepare himself for his homecoming and beyond, as if his rivals didn´t have enough cause for concern at the Rossi resurgence.

The Fiat Yamaha man is giving little away as to what changes were made in the post-race runs, nor what special helmet design he is sure to premiere this Sunday. Instead he is playing it cool, something that will serve him well when the lights go out in Mugello.

`We had a good test after Le Mans and did a lot of hard work with Bridgestone and on the general setting of our bike, so hopefully we have been able to improve our package even further,´ says the man undefeated on a four stroke at Mugello.

`Everyone knows that Mugello is one of my favourite tracks; I´ve won there six times in a row and now I want to make it seven! It´s my home race and also the home race for a lot of our team and to race there is always something very special. It´s fast and technical and we know it suits our bike so we will be aiming to be quick right from Friday morning. I hope the weather is good - for us and for all the fans - and then hopefully we can have a big Italian party!´

Said party atmosphere will be fuelled by the special `Rossi Grandstand´ set up every year in a prime spot, overlooking the Mugello circuit and the MotoGP action from the Tuscan hills.

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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