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MotoGP leading trio face press before Dutch battle

MotoGP leading trio face press before Dutch battle

Tied standings leaders Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner meet again at Assen press conference.

The press conference room in the Assen media centre was packed to the rafters on Wednesday afternoon as MotoGP’s ‘big guns’ previewed the 61st annual World Championship event at the historic Dutch venue.

Fiat Yamaha’s Barcelona protagonists, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, were joined by the man who sits alongside them at the head of the standings on 106 points, Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner, to set the scene for the Alice TT Assen. Also answering questions were Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi and Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso.

Aiming to create his own piece of history this weekend as he goes in search of Grand Prix victory number 100, Rossi looked ahead to the next three days of action, stating, “It is a great track here, it is always difficult because some of the corners have high banks, whereas others are very flat so it is difficult understand the braking points. I made my only mistake in a race last season here (referring to an early collision with Randy de Puniet), so we have to make sure it is better this year.”

Just like in the Barcelona race, Lorenzo was right alongside his teammate to hype up this Saturday’s event, and he too was full of praise for the historic circuit.

“I always tell everyone that this is my favourite track. I liked it even more before it was modified but it continues to be great fun to ride and the atmosphere is wonderful,” he said. “Also, I am really pleased that the championship is so close this year and we hope to carry on providing a good show.”

Looking far less peaky than he did on the podium of the last round, Stoner was non-committal on his chances of repeating his 2008 Assen victory.

“We had a fantastic race here last year, and our bike worked very well. We have a new bike this year and it is a different situation, so we have to wait and see what happens when we start on Thursday.”


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