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Rossi: Indy safety the priority.

Valentino Rossi insists safety must be the number one priority at this weekend's inaugural Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The new Indy road circuit incorporates most of the former F1 track, but run in reverse, with several new sections added. This has resulted in three different types of asphalt; one along the main straight, another for the F1 track and another for the new MotoGP sections.

Rossi, like all the full time MotoGP riders, has not had the chance to test at the track before this weekend's race and - despite the grand surroundings provided by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - remains fully focussed on ensuring safety standards are met.

"The complex is fantastic. This place is full of history and a lot of fascination, for sure, a place with 300,000 seats to see a race at Indy is fantastic. But we're racing in the garden, you know. We have to understand if the garden is OK," Rossi warned.


"I don't make any lap yet. I want to go after the conference because I have some other things to do. But we have to understand that the first thing, like always, is the safety," said the Italian "We have to understand if we have enough safety around the track with our bike.

"The layout is quite modified from the Formula One track, especially two corners very, very tight where we expect to go like 50 or 60 kilometers per hour. So usually the feeling with our bike when you go at that speed, it's quite bad because it's strange. But we see," stated the 2008 world championship leader.

Fellow Yamaha rider Colin Edwards added that some amendments might need to be made should wet weather, as predicted, arrive during the race weekend.

"I think part of the problem, if it rains, you know, when you have a leather suit on, when you hit the grass and it's wet, you just seem to accelerate. So we need to figure out what's going to happen," he said.

"I think in certain places, I think we might need to work with some air fence and in some different locations. But hopefully it won't rain. Keep our fingers crossed, maybe Ike will hang a left and get out of here..."


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Casey - Unregistered

September 12, 2008 1:55 PM

Thanks Valentino for lining up my excuse after the race! I was running out there what with the "brake checking", "low foot peg", "schafoid", and "scrubbed tyre". I was afraid falling at Indy might actually be seen as my fault. Vale your a real sport to help me out like that.



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