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Motegi podium thoughts from MotoGP top three

Motegi podium thoughts from MotoGP top three

The top three in the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan, including racewinner and new World Champion Valentino Rossi, spoke after the Motegi race.

Valentino Rossi – Race Winner

`It´s difficult to compare titles, but this one definitely feels great. I feel very good, because the battle was very tough this year, especially with Stoner and Pedrosa. It has been a long season with a lot of hard races. In my career I have been lucky and have won some hard championships –like the first with Yamaha in 2004-, but this one I maybe tried to put more effort in outside of the races to try and win. I have to thank everyone at Yamaha for their efforts this year, the M1 has been very fast and we have worked very hard every weekend. Today was a great battle and a great race, and to win the championship with a race win is fantastic.´

Casey Stoner – Second Placed

`At the beginning of the race everything felt quite good; I made mistake on a cold tyre at the start and needed laps to warm up the tyre. The lap times were fast and I was comfortable at that pace, but didn´t have enough force after a while to change the direction of bike with my physical condition. Valentino went past and I started to lose a little ground, I thought that I could stay behind him for a while, and about three quarters of the way through I didn´t give up, but dropped the pace a little. When I picked it back up I did some reasonable lap times, but just made a little mistake and that was it, race over again. Hopefully the next races and next year we´ll come back stronger.´

Dani Pedrosa – Third Placed

`It was good to finish third today, as for the last few races we´ve not had such good results. Also it is great for my team. At the beginning I was not so fast, and not feeling comfortable. At the end Lorenzo came on strong and I had to keep him away. Congratulations to Valentino for his great season, he deserves the championship for his great consistency over the year.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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