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Assen MotoGP: Rossi eager to try ‘important step’

“For me it is an important step and I really want to try the new set-up in another track” - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi will be hoping that braking gains at the recent Aragon test can end his longest podium drought as a Yamaha MotoGP rider, at Assen this weekend.

The Italian legend has now gone five races without a rostrum, exceeding the four in a row he suffered at Yamaha in mid-2007, but appears confident that the final piece in the podium puzzle may have been found.

“I am very happy about the test in Aragon and I'm looking forward to going to Assen,” said the seven time MotoGP champion, back on an M1 this season after two tough years at Ducati.

“The settings that we tested were positive and now I feel more feeling with the bike, especially when braking. For me it is an important step and I really want to try the new set-up in another track. I hope that this improvement will help me also to get a better starting position as it is so important to make the best qualification possible.”

Rossi is a former Dutch TT winner in all three grand prix classes, including five premier class victories in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009. “Assen is a great track, I love it and it brings to mind a lot of good memories. We'll try to leave this good feeling with the track and the bike to improve our results,” he added.

Rossi is currently fifth in the world championship with 60 points, including one podium (at the Qatar season opener) and one DNF. After six rounds of last season, at Ducati, Rossi was sixth in the standings with 58 points and one podium, but had scored in all events.

Team-mate Jorge Lorenzo is second in the championship.

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June 25, 2013 10:52 AM
Last Edited 584 days ago

Come on vale bring it up,, let this be the missing element you were searching for all the sessions this season,, Tired of seeing the celebration of others and who does that better than you? Stunning? wonderful? Oops running out of words to explain the way you celebrate... Go go go go...

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