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Rossi relieved to escape qualifying fall uninjured

Rossi relieved to escape qualifying fall uninjured

The reigning World Champion qualified on the second row for Sunday’s race at Brno and avoided making his recovering injuries any worse when he fell towards the end of the session.

Valentino Rossi was pushing hard in qualifying at Brno on Saturday for what he believed was an achievable front row starting spot when he experienced a crash, and fortunately for the Italian and his Fiat Yamaha team it was a fall that had no ill consequences.

Rossi reported a good feeling on his factory M1 as he hunted down a higher position than the fifth spot he eventually finished the hour-long session with, and whilst frustrated with the outcome at turn 13 he was relieved not to have affected his recovering leg and shoulder injuries with the impact of the fall.

"I'm okay and I haven't made any of my injuries worse, so this is the most important thing,” said a relieved Rossi. “I was pushing hard and trying to make my best flying lap and I just lost the front, so maybe we're still missing a bit of grip. I was really angry when I crashed because I think it was possible to get second or even the pole position!”

Despite the mishap Rossi was more than satisfied with how his bike performed, and is confident of mounting another strong challenge in only his third race back from injury.

“Apart from the mistake I'm very happy because I feel confident on the bike and I enjoyed riding today; I think for tomorrow I can be competitive,” said the 31 year-old, who has five premier class wins at Brno including the past two years.

“Warm-up is going to be important because we need to try to slightly improve my feeling with the front. We also need to wait to see what the weather does!” he concluded.

MotoGP, 2010, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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