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Rossi: The most exciting circuit in the world.

Valentino Rossi believes his unexpected Le Mans problems mean he and Fiat Yamaha must 'work in another way' to get the best from the 2009 Bridgestone tyres.

Rossi led a Yamaha one-two-three at Le Mans in 2008, but this year's event saw the reigning six-time MotoGP world champion ranked sixth, eleventh, fourth and third in the four track sessions leading up to the wet/dry race.

After being unable to match the pace of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in the early wet laps, Rossi dived into the pits for his dry bike - but was caught out by a damp patch on his return and, after further pit stops and a ride through penalty, finished 16th and last.

Rossi had also struggled at the previous Jerez round, before a last minute turnaround allowed him to claim victory in the race. However, those changes didn't seem to transfer over to Le Mans.

“In Le Mans we had a bad race and a bad weekend,” said Rossi, now one point behind Lorenzo in the championship. “We had a lot of problems and the mistake in the race meant I threw away some important points in the championship. We expected a better performance because in 2008 I was so fast at Le Mans.

“It means a lot of things have changed since then and we need to work in another way with these mono-tyres on the bike.”

Nevertheless, Rossi isn't too worried for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, when he will be chasing his eighth home victory in a row at a circuit he feels is second to none.

“It is not very important at Mugello, because Mugello is a story apart from the rest of the championship,” he said.

“Seven wins in a row is fantastic. At the beginning, with the 500, I had some bad luck and some crashes, but anyway great races. Then in MotoGP [from 2002] I've been so competitive with Honda and then Yamaha.

“From one point of view this race is a lot more important than any other, because we are racing in Italy and this track is fantastic. It is a great pleasure to ride a MotoGP bike here. There are also a lot of crowd near the track and the atmosphere is something really special.

“It is the most exciting circuit in the world for me.”


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19 - Unregistered

May 29, 2009 7:39 AM

Niva, Rossi himself told to work in another way in the interview he gave yesterday at Mugello(which you can see if you are a MotoGP member). Nothing to blame crash for....inform yourself better if you have a comment.........



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