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Brivio satisfied as Rossi extends lead

Brivio satisfied as Rossi extends lead

Although Valentino Rossi and his team manager Davide Brivio felt their race package was not at 100% on Sunday the Fiat Yamaha team were pleased with the Laguna result.

With Valentino Rossi picking up 20 more crucial World Championship points on Sunday at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix - edging further in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner who both hurt themselves on Saturday - it was another job well done for Rossi’s team manager Davide Brivio and his Fiat Yamaha crew.

After the race Rossi stated that he had not felt fully competitive as he was unable to fight for the victory with a resurgent Dani Pedrosa, but after two recent wins and another strong podium result the World Champion is in control of the title race.

As Brivio explained, “We were not at 100% so without the possibility to win the result was great. It was very good for the championship, we gained points, we remain as the leaders. We couldn’t attack strongly, so we defended very well.”

“It is a very tight championship with four riders who are capable of winning races. It is all very close, although Dani is still a little bit far behind but he can come close, so it is very important to take every possible point. Another 20 points for us is heavy, a good result. We are looking forward and we will try to win. When we cannot win races like on Sunday, second position is very good.”

Pressed as to whether Pedrosa can be considered a genuine threat to Rossi’s MotoGP crown, with the Spaniard still trailing The Doctor by a considerable 59 point margin, Brivio responded, “We always consider a group of four riders capable of winning races and fighting for the championship. Dani has had a difficult season with injuries, but when he is at 100% he is in the group. So three was enough and if it is four (riders challenging for the title) ok it is more difficult, but it’s more exciting and it makes a good championship.”

MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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