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Rossi dedicates MotoGP win to McRae

Valentino Rossi has dedicated his Portuguese MotoGP victory to Colin McRae, the seven-time motorcycle world champion saying McRae has been his childhood idol.

The MotoGP star has held a long interest in rallying. He competed in the Monza Rally, the Bologna Rally Sprint, and then the Rally GB in 2002. Last November, he entered the Rally New Zealand and finished 11th.

Following his victory today in the MotoGP race at Estoril, the Italian said: "I want to dedicate this victory. It's very very important.

"Colin McRae was very important for me. He was one of my great idols when I was young. I always followed him because he was the Kevin Schwantz (legendary American motorcycle champion) of the rally cars.

"He gave me a lot of passion for that sport; always a great show, sometimes some mistake, but always very fast. Yesterday he died in the helicopter, but I dedicate this victory to him."

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