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Rossi riding through the pain barrier; MOTO GP.

Byline: Paul Myles

VALENTINO ROSSI admitted he is in pain riding the gruelling Laguna Seca circuit.

And he's finding it especially difficult at the Corkscrew, the scene of his infamous overtakes two years ago on American Ducati rival Casey Stoner.

And the pair are likely to lock horns again at today's US MotoGP after Stoner's equally aggressive final-corner pass last Saturday in Germany, nearly clipping Rossi's injured leg and robbing the Italian of a sensational podium finish.

The 31-year-old Fiat Yamaha rider said: "This track is a bit harder for me than Sachsenring and I have more pain than I had there, mostly in the ankle but also in the shoulder at the braking point before the Corkscrew."

Rossi returned to racing just six weeks after breaking his leg and injuring his shoulder after a practice crash at the Italian Grand Prix in June.

Team-mate and series leader Jorge Lorenzo admitted Stoner will be a big threat on his home circuit.

He said: "It looks like Casey is very strong here and we will have to work hard to catch him!

"I need to make some small changes to my riding style rather than big changes to the bike setting."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2010
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