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Rossi comments on fifth consecutive title

Rossi comments on fifth consecutive title

Rossi comments on fifth consecutive title

After finishing second in yesterday's Malaysian Grand Prix and clinching his fifth successive MotoGP title, his second for Yamaha, Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi spoke about his title victory:

"I am very happy with this championship. I know I gave more than 100% today, and we had a lot of problems this weekend. This morning I wasn't sure if I could fight for the podium! After the start I stayed calm as some riders made some mistakes, and I was able wait for things to clear. Step-by-step and metre-by-metre I moved through the pack and I used every second of the race. I got to third behind Nicky and I thought I could fight because the bike was feeling okay and I knew that Nicky was having some of the same problems as me. Eventually I passed him and caught up to Loris and at some places I was faster, some slower. I passed him but when he passed me back I knew that he had been playing with me, like a cat with a mouse, because in the last seven laps he changed gear and I couldn't stay with him, he was incredible!

"This morning in the warm-up we made some changes and found a better set-up. Michelin worked really hard to give us a competitive package for the race and this showed, because it was a great improvement compared to yesterday.

"I am World Champion for the seventh time and it's a great feeling. It's been great to come back from the bad result at Motegi last week and do so well; we had a good race today. This title is not just down to me but to everybody involved; Jeremy Burgess, all my mechanics, all the Yamaha engineers and all the people on the management side, including Davide Brivio.

"Today I put the number 7 on my t-shirt because this is the number of my championships but also because it was the number of Barry Sheene, who was a great hero of mine and a truly great racer. The celebration with my fan club, dressed as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was just a bit of fun to celebrate the seven titles, and also because I always liked the story as a child! Now I am going back to Italy for a couple of days but we are also going to have a little party here – I have my mother and some of my best friends from Italy to help me celebrate!

"This year Yamaha has worked so hard again to give me the bike I need. At the start of the year we had some problems with the M1, but then we found the right way forward and the bike started to fly. The M1 has been great fun to race this year. Last year was a surprise to win but this time everyone was ready for me and I was the target. It has been a great achievement to beat all my rivals this year, because they have been very strong.

"I think for me the race at Mugello was the biggest emotion of the season, because it was in front of my home fans. Every year there is a different story to the championship, and this year has been a hard battle. The emotion to win a seventh world championship is difficult to explain. The first is like a dream, the second unbelievable; there are just no words to describe the seventh! The feeling is different to when I won the 125cc and 250cc titles, but just as good!

"Racing with Yamaha gives me a great taste and a great motivation to win; these last two championships have been two of the best."


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