Valentino Rossi looks to match Spaniard's speed

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Valentino Rossi has conceded Spanish duo Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo are simply too good for him at the moment.

The Italian finished in a distant third place in Misano last weekend but was once again easily outpaced by in-form Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa and Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

And the 31-year-old said: “I was very happy because I felt good and it was the best race since I came back from my broken right leg. A third place is good but especially the way it arrived and at the end I started to ride well.

"Now Lorenzo and Pedrosa and faster than me and they are in a better shape. That’s why they are first and second but I came close. But I need to be much faster to beat them.”

Rossi has only won once in 2010 when he took victory in the season’s opening race in Qatar.

His hopes of a third successive title though were ended when he broke his right leg in a big practice crash at the Mugello circuit in Italy back in early June.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt