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Poleman Rossi happy with place in Indianapolis history

Poleman Rossi happy with place in Indianapolis history

Back on the first spot on the MotoGP grid, Valentino Rossi was once again making history in the World Championship.

Valentino Rossi was delighted to put his name into the history books with the first ever pole position for a MotoGP race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and is now targeting a spot on the podium for the Sunday race.

The Italian is used to breaking new ground in the World Championship –the record for premier class victories the latest target in the Fiat Yamaha rider´s crosshairs-, but now holds a unique and unbreakable accolade on MotoGP´s debut at The Brickyard.

`I´m so happy; firstly because of the pole position that will remain as part of history for ever, and also because it represents a small advantage for me tomorrow,´ said an elated Rossi, whose 1´40.776 lap late in the session ended a seven-race streak of pole positions for rival Casey Stoner.

`For me as well it´s good after having taken just one pole position this year until now. We did a good job and are quite fast with race tyres as well, but we are going to have to wait to see what the weather is like tomorrow.´

Rossi had expressed his feeling that the potential for fast dry lap times was within his power on Friday, having learnt the track under wet conditions. Having finally had a chance to test the asphalt under more comfortable circumstances, the MotoGP World Championship leader has already plotted a few places to make his mark on Sunday.

`There are places to pass, especially turn one and turn ten, and the grip of the new asphalt is much better in the dry. If it´s like this tomorrow, then we can have a great race! My target is to get on the podium.´

Rossi last won at a new addition to the MotoGP calendar back in 2005, on a first attempt at the Chinese circuit of Shanghai. On that occasion he took the victory in the kind of rainy conditions unfortunately predicted as a conservative expectation for this Sunday´s showdown.

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

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