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MotoGP, Rossi: "I would have preferred to stop, I'm aiming for the podium in Spain"

Vinales: “At Barcelona I have what I need to be competitive, but I'll also need to be smart"

MotoGP: Rossi: "I would have preferred to stop, I'm aiming for the podium in Spain"

Valentino Rossi will have to grit his teeth, because the championship is straight back on track this weekend at Barcelona. A calendar that isn't exactly helping the Doctor, who is still dealing with physical problems after his MX crash. The Yamaha rider doesn't hide his disappointment: “I would have liked a week off to really get back in shape after Mugello – comments #46 – last Sunday I got on well with the bike anyway and hope to be able to do better at Barcelona”.

The nine-time champion already knows what he wants: “I'd like to reach the podium – he reveals – this track has less grip than some others, but I like it and we need to find the best set-up in order to be competitive and ensure the tyres can perform”.

Maverick Vinales will be fighting on home turf, after finishing second in the Italian GP: “I'll be racing in front of my home crowd, which will be special – comments the championship lead – the track really suits my riding style, and also the M1”.

The Spaniard is very aware of his current situation: “I feel strong and fast, and am convinced that the set-up of the Yamaha will be competitive – he confirms –I'm very motivated ahead of this race. I'll try to bring home as many points as possible and reach the podium– he concludes – I know I'll need to be smart, especially in terms of the tyres”.   

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Translated by Heather Watson

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