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Rossi predicting hard race from third row

Rossi predicting hard race from third row

Qualifying ninth in Catalunya, Valentino Rossi sees a difficult time ahead as he looks to continue his recent winning ways.

Even the best of riders inevitably have their Achilles heel in some shape or form, and that of Valentino Rossi is surely getting away fastest from the line. Luckily, the calibre of his riding over the duration of a race means that this is very often a point of little consequence, but the Italian will need every little advantage he can with Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa on the front row, and him way back down in ninth.

`It was a bad qualifying session,´ admitted Rossi, who experienced difficulties with his setup despite a fast run on Friday afternoon.

`There were a lot of problems with the qualifying tyres, and for sure it will be another hard race. We tried to improve the setting but were not able to fix the problem, we were not fast enough.

`The tyre will be quite difficult for 35 laps, and we have to work all Saturday afternoon to try and fix things. The plan is to try and get this right; everyone is fast, but the race is very long.´

Rossi is currently the leader of the World Championship, and has never finished off the podium in Catalunya –a record that he will not give up easily.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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