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GP Week : Issue 30
“BEST YET” ROSSI’S VALENTINO Rossi is a different man from the won who took the premier- class title every year from 2001 to 2005, by his own assessment. In the interim, he has grown up a lot. Mainly, “I learned how to lose.” “At the end of 2005, I had won all the important targets of my career,” he said. “In 125s I was champion in my second year, and in my second year on 250s. The same in the 500 class. “So I was like unbeatable. When the year started badly in 2006 we thought we had time to fix everything and win again. That was a mistake. “It was very important to me to learn how to lose. “This year, my level of concentration and effort was the highest ever. We had some different periods. At the beginning was the Michelin period, but we made some important results while Bridgestone was struggling. “Then, after Barcelona, Ducati made a great step and Casey was riding like a devil, dominating from Friday morning to Sunday night. The turning point was winning at Laguna Seca. It meant much more than 25 points. “This year I rode maybe the best in my life. 2009 will be more difficult than this year. But I never have problem with motivation – even for the next three races this year, I want to win. “But I am quite worried about my headache tomorrow morning. I will push to delay the testing until the afternoon!” 38