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Happiness for Rossi, sadness for Lorenzo in Malaysia

Happiness for Rossi, sadness for Lorenzo in Malaysia

Valentino Rossi was victorious for a ninth occasion in 2008 at Malaysia, whilst teammate Jorge Lorenzo crashed out early on.

The Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix saw a mixed atmosphere in the Fiat Yamaha garage. Whilst Valentino Rossi was able to take a ninth win of the season, Jorge Lorenzo lost his chance of taking third in the World Championship classification after a crash.

Valentino Rossi - Race Winner

`I am so happy with this win today because all of the toughest championship of my career, including with Yamaha in 2004, have been won with nine victories. Of course that doesn´t mean I don't want to win again next week, but for now I like this number! Today was incredibly hard because it was so hot. Once I got behind Dani I tried to pass many times but he was very fast and very consistent and I had a good battle to get by him. Lap-by-lap I understood better where it was possible and eventually I could make my move and go away from him. Everything worked very well today in such conditions, my M1 and my Bridgestone tyres and I want to thank everyone for making me so fast all weekend. I love winning here because it's such a great track but today was really a test, especially the last five laps when I really had to make an effort to keep my concentration in such incredible heat. Anyway, it was important to win here because when we came here in the winter I did a very fast race simulation and I promised my new Bridgestone tyre technician, Peter, that we would win the race! I took a gamble in February so I had to win today! Finally I want to congratulate my friend Marco Simoncelli for winning the 250cc World Championship today. I know how hard he has worked to get here and he really deserves it – I am very happy for him.´

Jorge Lorenzo - DNF

`I didn´t feel good today and I was riding much worse than yesterday. I was having some problems in braking and acceleration and this is really a pity because I thought I had the chance to be on the podium today. I had many problems with my tyres in the first few laps and in fact I had a lot of warnings about the crash, but in the end I just couldn´t avoid it. I got a bad start and it seems this part of the race is getting more difficult every time. If I had a better start I could have tried to go with Valentino and Pedrosa but today was terrible. We have to change something here because at the moment it's quite difficult. Apart from these problems I know I didn´t have the same feeling in myself as I had yesterday, so it really wasn't a good day! It´s a little sad now that we can only be fourth in the championship, but I can still be rookie of the year so I will focus on this because it´s important for all of my team. Congratulations to Valentino for another triumph and now let's look onwards to Valencia.´

MotoGP, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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