QATAR GRAND PRIX

For the first time since his debut 2000 season, Valentino Rossi heads to round two of the MotoGP World Championship without the points lead – and has mixed memories of his ‘comeback’ venue.┬áRossi arrives for Saturday’s Qatar Grand Prix desperate to get back to winning ways after finishing a lowly 14th, following a first turn fall triggered by Toni Elias, at the season opening Spanish Grand Prix nearly two week’s ago.

However, the accident was something of a red herring, with Rossi doubting he had the pace to fight for victory anyway – after constant chatter problems ‘infected’ the Camel Yamaha M1s at Jerez.

Fortunately for Rossi and team-mate Colin Edwards, pre-season testing indicates that the vibration issue will be less significant at Qatar, but the 27 year old Italian has mixed memories of the 3.343 mile hot and sandy Losail circuit.


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