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MotoGP ready for Misano

"I live just ten kilometres away and I've had two fantastic races here the last two years, so there is a lot of expectations from the fans ahead of this weekend" - Valentino Rossi.
Just four days after the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the MotoGP paddock assembled at Misano for this weekend's San Marino round.

Jorge Lorenzo may have seen his lead in the championship standings reduced by nine points as a result of Dani Pedrosa's win last Sunday, but the 23-year-old Spanish rider isn't worrying just yet.

Lorenzo still enjoys a 68-point advantage over his compatriot and is keen to extend that further this weekend at Misano, where he's looking to continue his unbroken run of podium finishes.

The Fiat Yamaha rider suffered in the extreme conditions at Indianapolis, but still managed to claim his 11th podium of the season.

"At Indianapolis I had a lot of problems with my physical condition," explained Lorenzo during today's pre-event press conference, where Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and Loris Capirossi joined him. "Even on the Monday I didn't feel completely fit, but I'm sure I'll be back to full fitness ready for tomorrow."

The championship leader's track record at Misano is a good one; he won the 250cc race in 2007 and finished second in the premier class in both 2008 and 2009.

"I quite like this track. There is nothing particularly special about it, but everything is good. I like riding here."

When asked about his future, and whether his agreement with Yamaha for next season was any closer to being signed Lorenzo replied, "I hope to have everything sorted for the 2011 season in the next few weeks."

While Lorenzo will be happy with a podium finish this weekend, Pedrosa needs to beat the Fiat Yamaha rider once again if he is to further close the gap in the championship.

Pedrosa's victory in Indianapolis marked the first time that the Repsol Honda rider has won more than two races in a single season and he arrives in Misano determined to challenge Lorenzo once again this weekend.

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September 02, 2010 10:41 PM

Look forward 2011 : Yamaha - The best bike in 2010 JL : 24,fast,1 wc (perhaps in 2010) BS : 27,fast,many believe he's a future aliens Honda - The 2nd best bike in 2010 (arguably,performance in 2010 much improved) DP : 26,fast,has 3 wins so far (improved) CS : 26,fast,1 wc,no wins so far (many believes coz the bike is not good) Ducati - The worst in 2010 if compared with yamaha n honda VR : 33,in 2010 struggle with injury n fitness NH : 30,non alien When VR lost in 2006 (27 y.o) n 2007 (28 y.o), haters said he's old n finished, and 26/27 for BS,DP n CS are still young (???). Interesting.... What will happen next year ?

Big T .

September 02, 2010 9:14 PM

Good luck this weekend Valentino mate, like yourself, I hope you can put on a show for us the 80% of real motogp fans who know you are a living legend. Good Luck...Don’t listen to the 3 or 4 lady's here who pester crash boards with their rude comments and have no respect..

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