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Q&A: Valentino Rossi.

Valentino Rossi was the focal point of a teleconference last Friday at Estoril where he gave his views on the return of MotoGP to American soil for the first time in 10 years, when the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix takes Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by storm on July 8-10.

The Italian six-times world champion discussed his expectations ahead of the event, plus his future in MotoGP, the pressure of winning the title in Yamaha's 50th anniversary year, the changes made to his YZR-M1 for this season, the importance of his crew chief Jerry Burgess and more...


Q:
I', wondering if you have begun to familiarise yourself with the track layout at Laguna yet by playing the PlayStation game or anything like that?

Valentino Rossi:
Yes, yes I know Laguna only from TV. But now I make playing with the PlayStation and more or less I know the layout, but never been in Laguna before.

Q:
Looking at your website you mention several things about the four-wheel guys and you've talked about your four-wheel career. Maybe rallying is in your future? Are there any more steps made to run some world championship events before you move there entirely.

Valentino Rossi:
I don't have an official web site so, unfortunately, what is on the internet I don't know. But anyway, I think the next year race anyway with the MotoGP, with the bikes, and after I decide if in the future I race with cars or not. I didn't decide yet but anyway the cars are my great passion after the bikes so maybe possible.

Q:
From watching the videos of Laguna Seca do you feel that the race will be difficult? Do you think the track will be difficult to learn or no problem?

Valentino Rossi:
Yes, I think the track is difficult because it goes up and down a lot and I think it is quite technical and has some very difficult point the first left after the straight and the Corkscrew. For sure, in MotoGP it (the Corkscrew) will be interesting.

There is a change of direction, then it is very much downhill so it is very technical and difficult. I hope they make all the works in Laguna for improve the safety because in the past that was not very safe. But anyway they make all the more changes for the Grand Prix. Thank you.

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