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Rossi says rivals are like sharks

Valentino Rossi has compared MotoGP rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner to a pair of circling sharks - ready to strike at the first sign of weakness by the Italian.

The reigning six-time MotoGP world champion has seen his title cut from 30 to 18 points after Lorenzo took his fourth win of the year last Sunday in Estoril, a race that also saw Stoner claim a strong second on his comeback from fatigue problems.

Rossi, meanwhile, managed only fourth.

"If I am not strong, I know that Casey and Jorge will eat me in one bite," AAP reports Rossi as saying.

But Rossi believes he successfully repelled one 'shark attack' by the pair earlier in the season, after being beaten by both Stoner and Lorenzo in his home Italian Grand Prix, and fully intends to stay on top.

"Earlier this season I was not very strong, not fast enough... In this case, Stoner and Lorenzo are the sharks and they looked at me with a little bit of blood flowing and maybe they thought, 'OK, now is the time'.

“They both finished ahead of me at Mugello in May [where Rossi had been unbeaten since 2002] and they thought now we have beaten Valentino in Italy we can beat him everywhere.

"But fortunately I became stronger.”

Rossi has won six races so far this season. Three races and 75 points remain, starting with the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island on October 18.

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Professor Exup - Unregistered

October 07, 2009 6:19 PM

Someone said Rossi 'choked' when Hayden won? I think you'll find he clawed back nearly 50 points which is an incredible achievement. This word 'choked' means to lose your nerve. Explain how falling off on a corner is losing your nerve? It's losing grip! Total lack of respect and understanding of the laws of mechanics yet again by the haters. (Sigh).

Mr Burgess - Unregistered

October 07, 2009 5:59 PM

"But fortunately I became stronger.” Yet another world title on the way to Rossi IMHO. Post as much hatefull drivel as you like darren, bob and co, the history books speak for themselves and if you're a betting man the smart money would be on Rossi. It is close though and that makes it all the more exciting, bring on the next few races! :)

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