Friday, July 27, 2007

Valentino Rossi: 2008 and beyond...

Can MotoGP ever be the same without The Doctor...?

USA Today have an insightful story on Valentino Rossi here. Among other things, it talks about whether or not Rossi will move to F1 once he's done with motorcycle racing. Five-time 500cc world champ, Mick Doohan says, 'Formula One is very stiff. Valentino's personality is very flamboyant. People have more passion when they talk about Valentino than when they talk about Michael Schumacher or Fernando Alonso.'

Stoner and Pedrosa might also be fast, but Rossi is the greatest rider ever

Eugenio Gandolfi, chief engineer at Brembo and a close friend of the Rossi family says, 'He can be good anywhere, but the problem is that he's a guy that doesn't follow the rules too much. Formula One has six or seven meetings a day. You have to wake up early and go to bed by 10 o'clock. That's not hospitable to the Valentino lifestyle!'

Rossi himself says, 'I have to decide whether I stop or make it another two years in MotoGP. I'd like the second part of my career to be on four wheels. It's something I could race in for quite some time. Rally has also been a great passion of mine...'

The King holds court... :-)

Finally, Doohan sums up it up best: 'If you beat Valentino, you've beaten the best. He's still the benchmark. He's still going to be the one everyone looks to each weekend.'

Get the full story on the USA Today website here.

Also see:
2007 MotoGP: Hi-res wallpaper
Jorge Lorenzo to join Yamaha's MotoGP team in 2008
Italy: Rossi's stomping grounds...
Rossi vs Pedrosa...?
Two-stroke racers: The mighty Yamaha YZR500
990cc MotoGP replica: MotoCzysz C1 gets closer to production

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