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Rossi magnanimous whilst Lorenzo lacks confidence

Rossi magnanimous whilst Lorenzo lacks confidence

Fiat Yamaha riders look for improvement and confidence in Friday sessions.

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both conceded that they were on the back foot on Thursday in Assen, although with some telling differences. Rossi pointed the finger at some early mechanical problems and an amazing ride by Casey Stoner, whilst Jorge Lorenzo believed the blame for his lack of form was mental on his behalf.

Valentino Rossi - Second

`Second place this afternoon is not bad at all, considering that this morning we had some problems. This afternoon we made some modifications and we started to improve quite a bit. We are still struggling in some points of the track however and this shows in the gap that we still have to Stoner. During this afternoon´s session we understood some interesting things, which we hope will help us tomorrow. Today, however, it seems like I am the leader of the `other´ championship!.´

Jorge Lorenzo - Fourteenth

`It was a bad session today and I was not expecting to be so slow here, at a track that I love. We need to do more laps in order to improve and try to find a way to change things; I am suffering a lot on the bike because I don´t have enough confidence in the front. I am losing time in all areas, we know the bike can be faster but I can't find the way to ride it like this. I need to have more trust in the bike, but at the moment I think the problem is me and I am just not riding as I should be.´

MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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