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Rossi not concerned about defeat

Valentino Rossi remained upbeat despite being beaten by title rival Casey Stoner in the Catalan Grand Prix.

The Italian had cut Stoner's championship advantage from 21 to nine points by winning at Mugello a week ago, but Stoner's win in Spain stretched his lead back up to 14 points with 11 rounds remaining.

Rossi and Stoner swapped the lead countless times during the spectacular Barcelona race, before Stoner took victory by just 0.069 seconds.

"There was some incredible overtaking between us in a lot of different places," said Rossi.

"I enjoyed the battle a lot, I tried very hard."

Rossi said the close fight with Stoner had given him a chance to learn more about the Yamaha's weaknesses relative to the Ducati.

"When I arrived (in second), I tried to attack and go in front, but we had some parts where we lost too much," he said.

"But anyway it's a good experience for knowing what we have to do to go faster.

"The second place here is not so bad and the championship is very long."

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