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'We never gave up' - Valentino Rossi on MotoGP victory return

“We needed time. When I came back I was very, very happy about the bike but still not at 100 percent. The first race [Qatar] was a very good result for me, but after I struggled a lot. Especially I cannot ride how I want. I cannot use my style,” Rossi confirmed.

“But from the test in Aragon last week we made a good step. I feel more confident. I arrived here and was very fast in practice, very close to the top guys, and I feel good with the bike.

“We didn't change anything from the warm-up to the race, which hasn't happened since about 2002-2003!

“Before the race I thought 'today I have to try to win'. I thought today was my day because I had the pace, I am good with the bike, this morning I was first in the warm-up and also Jorge with his injury is not at 100 percent.”

Valentino Rossi: "Jorge is the real hero today"

Lorenzo, winner of three races this year, broke his collarbone during wet Thursday practice at Assen, underwent surgery in the early hours of Friday - then returned to race on Saturday! Rossi, seen chatting with his former arch-rival just before leaving the pit garage for the race, hailed the Spaniard's ride to fifth place.

“For me Jorge is the real hero today,” Rossi declared. “He made something not unbelievable, but close to unbelievable. When I understood he wanted to come back and race, I thought maybe I could not do that.

“To have surgery after a big crash and try to race at that level just one day later is something great.

“He took a risk, but he rode like normal in the first part of the race. Maybe these points will be very important for his championship. He has demonstrated to everybody that he wants to try to win more than 100%.”

As a result of his efforts, Lorenzo is just nine points behind Pedrosa and the championship lead. Rossi is now fifth in the standings, two points behind Tech 3 Yamaha rider Crutchlow.

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July 01, 2013 2:32 PM
Last Edited 1426 days ago

RidgeRacerHRC What a punk.. you talck like that because you dont have 34 year old and you are racing with the best of the World, But maybe Lorenzo and Pedrosa are not the best in the world for you? because they also ride one Yamaha and Honda machine.. I guess you favorit must be the fisher man that have a big mouth but go to honda to crash on the 2 year , loss the Champ and retire like a bitch complaing about everythingh.. 4sure this guy that is much younger then Rossi is your hero.. He was a hero if he had worck like Rossi on the Repsol just Joke, Win and say this is boring with Honda is very esay.. Then he g for Yamaha and Rock.. Your here only win in 2007 because of the advantages he had, Casey is very good and fast but he also needs ecerythingh worcking very well or he will crash very hard. Casey is good but will never be has consistente has Lorenzo or Rossi and with consistency is how riders win Titles..

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