Valentino Rossi’s injury and absence form the next few races certainly means that Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo has one less factor to worry about in his quest to become 2010 World Champion – however in Italy this weekend, he still needs to contend with a resurgent Dani Pedrosa who grabbed a spectacular pole position for the Italian MotoGP.
Jorge Lorenzo – Position: 2nd Time: 1’48.996 Laps: 26
“Firstly I want to say how sad I am for Valentino. I know how bad it is to be injured, especially at your home race, and it looks very painful for him. I hope he recovers quickly because the championship will not be the same without him. Today we made some good steps forward and I am very happy about how my bike is feeling here in Mugello. I have a good race pace, the Bridgestone tyres feel good and I think I can make a fight tomorrow. We have to stay calm, focused and concentrated and hopefully it will be a good race for us here in Italy, at the home track for many of my team.”
Wilco Zeelenberg – Team Manager
“We want to say how sorry we are for Valentino; everyone wants to beat him but only on the racetrack and all the riders and our team members are sad that he has so much pain and that he can’t race. It was a good session for us, second seems to be ‘our’ grid position at the moment and I think it’s okay, less pressure than being on pole and it keeps Jorge sharp! Now is the time to keep focused and not make mistakes, we have a good race pace and now we will see what tomorrow brings. We didn’t think about the weather but it seems it might be an issue, let’s hope not.”
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