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Mediaset: Rossi replies to Stoner

After their highly publicised coming together at Jerez almost four weeks ago Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner met on track once more on Friday, for the opening two practice sessions of the bwin Grande Prémio de Portugal. At the end of the day the Australian took issue with Rossi for what he alleged was a case of following him around the Estoril track, and the Ducati rider responded with comments published by Mediaset in which Rossi said he did not understand what the problem was. “These are situations which occur frequently,” said Rossi. “I was not waiting for him, I had simply slowed down to rest. If he doesn’t want to be followed he would have to ride on his own. He’s followed me many times. I don’t know what’s been his problem with me recently. Perhaps he just doesn’t like me. He talks about things he doesn’t know; why I didn’t continue with Yamaha, how my shoulder is…”

Rossi continued: “He was already saying, before the incident at Jerez for which I can only apologise, that I was a negligent rider and that he was worried to come across me on track. Perhaps it’s because he hasn’t gotten over our battle at Laguna Seca. But races are like that… you win some, you lose some.”

MotoGP, 2011

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