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Rossi and Lorenzo set to resume title battle

Rossi and Lorenzo set to resume title battle

World Championship frontrunners both looking for return to form after disappointing Donington results.

Fiat Yamaha pair Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo arrive in the Czech Republic for round eleven of the 2009 MotoGP season this week riding high at the top of the standings, despite a disappointing last race in the UK.

The highly talented pair sit first and second in the general classification with seven rounds remaining, Rossi leading by 25 points, with an intriguing run-in to the end of the season awaiting.

Brno is a particularly special track for Rossi as he took the first of his 101 career victories there, in the 125cc class in 1996. The 30 year-old has a strong record there overall having since added a 250cc victory and four MotoGP wins to his tally, including last year on the way to his eighth World title.

Rossi crashed out of the race lead in Donington last time out but remounted to finish fifth, extending his lead at the head of the points table. Previewing the Brno visit the Italian legend said, “The summer holiday wasn’t as long as usual but anyway I’ve had the chance to recharge the batteries in the break and I’m feeling rested and relaxed. Last time out wasn’t ideal but in the end it was a positive day for us and we now have a one-race buffer at the top of the championship.”

“Despite this breathing space we can’t afford to relax for a minute because our rivals are very strong and I expect everyone to be at their best in Brno. It’s a great track for me and I took my first ever win there; I’m hoping for another good result this time.”

Like his illustrious team-mate, 22-year-old Lorenzo also has an impressive record in the Czech Republic, having won there once in 125cc and twice in 250cc, on both occasions from pole position.

“I’m really excited about this race after what feels like a long time without one,” Lorenzo stated. “It was good to have a bit of a break and I used the time to work on my fitness and to completely recover from the injuries I had after Laguna, in the gym and with my physiotherapist. The result is that I feel much better than I did in Germany and England and I’m excited to be getting back on the bike. I like Brno and I have had good results in the past there, including three wins. This time my aim is to fight hard and get back on the podium.”

MotoGP, 2009, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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