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Rossi, Edwards ready to go after summer break.

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SIX RACE CHALLENGE STARTS AT BRNO FOR CAMEL YAMAHA TEAM

The Camel Yamaha team return from a three-week holiday next weekend to tackle the first of a final spell of six races that will determine whether reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi can turn around his fortunes and make a sixth consecutive defence of the title he has held since 2001. The Czech Republic Grand Prix takes place at the legendary circuit of Brno, located just over 200 kilometres south-east of the capital city of Prague, where last year Rossi took victory and the lap record as he edged towards his fifth straight title.

The scenario is dramatically different for Rossi this time around but a similar performance is required as the Italian aims to close down the 51-point gap to series leader Nicky Hayden (Honda). It is a tough task but certainly not impossible, as Yamaha legend Wayne Rainey proved in 1992 when he pipped the injured Mick Doohan to the title despite lying 65 points behind with only five races remaining.

Fittingly this weekend marks the thirteen-year anniversary of Rainey’s final 500cc victory for the factory at Brno and is also precisely a decade since Rossi took his maiden Grand Prix win at the very same circuit in the 125cc class. Since then Rossi has added to his Brno tally with a further 250cc success and three wins in MotoGP – including last year’s dominant display on the Yamaha.

Colin Edwards can’t wait to reacquaint himself with his YZR-M1 machine after riding a specially prepared YZF-R1 SP Superbike alongside Noriyuki Haga in the Suzuka 8 Hour two weeks ago. The prestigious Japanese race proved to be a brief but eventful affair for the American after he was knocked to the ground on lap one and then mounted a stunning recovery, only to suffer a mechanical failure a few laps later – continuing a run of bad luck almost comparable to that of Rossi. Despite the shortened holiday Edwards was able to take crucial time out to recharge his batteries at home in Texas and he returns to Europe even more determined to turn things around.

VALENTINO ROSSI: RACE BY RACE

This time last season Valentino Rossi arrived in the Czech Republic knowing that two more wins would be enough to seal the MotoGP World Championship title but, for only the second time in his premier-class career, ‘The Doctor’ must now accept that with six races remaining his destiny is out of his hands. The latest chapter in a catalogue of misfortune came immediately before the holidays at Laguna Seca, where a win for Nicky Hayden combined with a breakdown for Rossi left the Italian focusing simply on his performance in each approaching race.

“This year I’ve had a lot of bad luck and Laguna could not have been worse, but now we have had twenty days of holiday to relax and forget about what happened there,” says Rossi. “Hopefully after this rest we can try to do something better in Brno. It isn’t one of my favourite tracks but last year it was a great race for me; almost perfect, with the fastest lap and the victory. I know that everyone at Yamaha and Michelin has been working hard in the break and hopefully in Brno we can come out fighting on Friday morning and make the most of the weekend.

“I don’t know what to say about the championship to be honest. We only have six races left which is maybe not enough to make up the difference but anyway I want to try to have some fun and win as much as possible. Right now I’m not even thinking about the championship. I want to take it race by race and try to find a better way forward with this bike and these tyres so I can have some fun and try to win some more races.”

COLIN EDWARDS: REFRESHED AND RELAXED

If anyone has endured as much bad luck as Rossi this season it is his Camel Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards, whose Suzuka misfortune came on the back of illness at his home Grand Prix in the USA and, just a few weeks previously, a last-corner crash that denied him of his first MotoGP victory at Assen. However, after spending some time with his young family at home in America, the ‘Texan Tornado’ is confident he can kick up a storm at Brno.

“It’s been really good to have a holiday because this season, especially during June and July, has been incredibly hard and I definitely needed some time off to relax with my friends and family,” says Edwards. “Now I am feeling ready to get back on my bike and enjoy the last six races. After the disappointment of Laguna I went to Suzuka for the Eight-Hour and sadly that didn’t work out either - it was a long way to go for six laps! Anyway, I’ve since had two weeks holiday at home in Texas with my family and I’m feeling refreshed and relaxed now and ready to get going again for the last six races.

“Things haven’t worked out exactly how we would have liked up until now but I know that when our package is working we can fight at the top and this is what I am determined to do for the rest of the season. Brno is a track I really like and I’ve been racing there a long time so I know it pretty well. There’s always a good atmosphere there as everyone’s nice and chilled out after their holidays! I’m going to give the weekend everything I’ve got and hopefully the bike will work well so we can get a good result under our belts to set us up for the three flyaways.”


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-12-2006, 06:01 AM
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sorry to say but the only thing colin is ready for is wsb or retirement


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I said it before, he has all the right gear to be a bike washer.
Perhaps for Stoner


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sorry to say but the only thing colin is ready for is retirement
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