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Rossi `curious´ to try new Indianapolis track

Rossi `curious´ to try new Indianapolis track

MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi was excited about the weekend ahead of him in the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix press conference on Thursday.

Speaking to the media in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway media centre on Thursday afternoon, on the eve of MotoGP´s historic first ever Indianapolis weekend, standings leader and motorsport icon Valentino Rossi was excited about getting a first sample of the new layout at the famous American venue.

`This track is a bit strange because it was built for cars and has been modified so everybody is quite curious to try it with our MotoGP bikes,´ commented Rossi. `The complex is fantastic, this place is full of history and it is fascinating to see a track with hundreds of thousands of seats to see a race.´

Still buzzing after his superb victory on home territory at Misano Rossi summarised the championship situation saying, `I am coming here after a very good race, a very good result for me. I am in good shape, I am riding quite well and I have been very fast recently so I am very happy about that. My advantage in the championship is quite big after these recent races, but there are five to go and it is still a long way until the end of the season.´

Having arrived in the United States last weekend Rossi has been enjoying his latest `American adventure´ and told the press, `This week I have launched the new Yamaha R1 in Las Vegas and then I have been in New York for two days. Not many people recognised me there so it was almost like having a normal life! But of course our target is to try and improve the popularity in the U.S. and you can see when we go to Laguna that it is already much bigger than when we went there three years ago.´

Rossi´s former Fiat Yamaha team-mate, Colin Edwards, the Texan rider who now represents the Tech 3 Yamaha team, was alongside the Italian on Thursday´s rider panel and provided his own thoughts on the mystique of Indianapolis.

`It is hard to explain how big Indianapolis is in the States,´ said Edwards. `I mean when I was a kid on Indy 500 weekend the country just basically shut down! It was like the Superbowl of racing at the time. As a kid growing up with that it left me with great memories of Indy.´

MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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