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What They Said: Sound Bytes from Misano

This is what the top 4 masters had to say after the MotoGP race at Misano:

Jorge Lorenzo, 1st place, Yamaha Racing (Championship Standing: 219 points)

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Image courtesy Yamaha Racing Team (for editorial use only)

“Luckily we improved the bike a lot in warm up, especially in braking so we improved the lap time and the pace quite a bit. I was convinced to follow my strategy of the last couple of races which was to try to break away and finally I could do it. The first two laps I had a big advantage so I had to keep pushing to maintain a distance because they never gave up and wanted to catch me. I’m happy, we recovered five points and we are closer to Marc. I need to be constant and try to win races and stay focused.”

Marc Marquez, 2nd place, Repsol Honda (Championship Standing: 253 points)

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Image courtesy Bridgestone (for editorial use only)

“We’ve taken another 20 World Championship points today and, considering how the race went, I think that is a good reward! At the start of the race I knew that I had to be careful, but I made two mistakes and lost a lot of time with the second of those. Maybe I was lacking a little experience; it’s my rookie season and it is normal to make a few errors. I also didn’t feel completely comfortable with a full fuel tank; from the midway point onwards I felt a lot better. To finish second is a great result, even though Lorenzo has gained five points on us, we are an extra four ahead of Dani. We are happy and have a lot of motivation to keep fighting hard at Aragon!”

Dani Pedrosa, 3rd place, Repsol Honda (Championship Standing: 219 points)

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Image courtesy Bridgestone (for editorial use only)

“I gave my all in the race today. I rode as well as I can ride, putting everything into every lap and trying to take every corner perfectly. Overall, this hasn’t been our weekend, generally speaking, because I had a lot of grip problems with the rear tyre on every day of the GP. In the race today it was even more noticeable, so I couldn’t have done things any better”

Valentino Rossi, 4th place, Yamaha Racing (Championship Standing: 169 points)

Image courtesy Yamaha Racing Team (for editorial use only)

Image courtesy Yamaha Racing Team (for editorial use only)

“All the weekend our performance was quite good, I stayed with the top three and I raised my level, especially in qualifying, I could push stronger with the new tyres and make the first row. The expectation for the race was very high, after the start the top guys were very fast but my fastest lap was close to theirs. Unfortunately after some laps I was in trouble in braking and entering corners. I was struggling in hard braking and made some mistakes going wide and step-by-step they pulled away. I made a small mistake on turn seven and lost two seconds and by then already I had too much disadvantage. It’s a pity because we wanted to try for the podium here in Italy in front of all the fans in Misano. We hope the weather remains good for tomorrow as we have to try some new parts.”

 

 

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