Who the hell is Valentino Rossi?
he is the most winningest of riders and he is a personality who really makes an effort for the fans, not only that he is a racer, a real racer who pushes harder and has upset riders in the past with how he has made do or die moves to win a race.
just watching him is exciting as you know you will see a good race.
but in Argentina at the weekend you saw how great a tactician he is and then a ruthless competitor
watc him against lorenzo, marquez, and at Daytona to see how hard he pushes and he has been doing it for 18 years or more.
love the doctor.Posted 2 years agoandyrmMember
Not only a phenomenal racer in terms of sheer results, but incredible to watch – unreal racecraft, an ability to win well against the odds from way back down the field, and very, very exciting, even if you aren’t a Moto GP fan. On top of that, he’s a proper personality off the bike too, so much more engaging than a lot of motorsports types.Posted 2 years ago
A fantastic talent, a winner on a broader range of bikes than anyone else still in the top flight, canny, adaptable and 9 times world champion quick, a genuine contender of maybe three or four in the “who was the best ever” category, but more than that, he’s charismatic, he doesn’t take himself seriously, and he has more fun winning than anyone else ever has. As a result, he’s beloved the world over (“every race is a home race for Rossi” copyright Julian Ryder), despite his wealth and fame his best mates are the people he grew up, that’s the kind of person he is.
Enjoy him while you can, this is his glorious swansong (mind you, people have been saying that for a few years, and he’s still winning!).Posted 2 years agoMatt24kSubscriber
I think you should look at Wiki.Posted 2 years ago
Along with winning all those bike World Championships, he is pretty handy on 4 wheels too:
“Rossi tested the Ferrari Formula One car in 2006 on 31 January, 1 February, and 2 February at Valencia. The first test saw Rossi spin out on the damp track into the gravel trap, ending his day. On the second day, he posted the ninth fastest time of fifteen drivers, approximately one second behind Michael Schumacher, who himself was third fastest. Rossi lapped faster than seasoned drivers Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber and David Coulthard and Toyota F1’s Jarno Trulli. On the final day of testing, Rossi was just a little more than a half second behind Schumacher’s best time. Schumacher hailed Rossi as having immense talent and said he would be perfectly capable of moving to Formula One and being competitive immediately.
In Rossi’s youth one of his heroes was WRC Champion Colin McRae. Rally legend McRae taught Rossi the basics of driving a rally car. The two competed against each other at the 2005 Monza Rally Show, with McRae driving a Skoda Fabia WRC and Rossi winning in a Subaru Impreza WRC.
In October 2006 it was announced that Rossi would enter that year’s Rally New Zealand, a WRC event which was to run from 17–19 November. He competed in a Subaru Impreza WRC04 finishing 11th out of 39.”PigfaceMember
Rossi is a living legend, won on 2 stroke GP bikes won on 4 stroke Moto Gp bikes. Laughs smiles enjoys racing anything.
9 times World Champion crazy feud with Gibernau, showed Casey Stoner how to race.
Huge character and personality, seems like a nice bloke.
Still racing because he loves it, for fun built the Ranch in Italy where he messes around racing flat track bikes.
Was considered quick enough to drive a Ferrari in F1 (I am sceptical about that)
Has won rally events, and evaded a lot of tax.
I unashamedly think he is bloody brilliantPosted 2 years agobenjiSubscriber
Why are there so many cars and builders vans with ’46’ stickers on them?
Because most of those ones don’t ride a bike.
Had a mondeo once with a 46 sticker on it’s boot start pulling more and more dangerous moves when I came up behind him on my 600, I’m sure the poor deluded fool thought he was racing a bike, he wasn’t he was just getting in the way just being a complete danger.Posted 2 years agothestabiliserMember
used tolove watching the throttle/brake meters on the telly when rossi and stoner were head to head. Stoners bike only seemed to have on and off rossi just seemed to be persuading his bike round the track, really subtle and intricate use of the controls. Truly stylish rider.Posted 2 years ago
Supreme competitor who clearly does it for the love (although I’m sure the money comes in handy), could’ve retired a decade ago and still be regarded as one of the very best. Happy-go-lucky personality combined with an utter ruthlessness when it comes down to the wire. Uncanny ability to rattle people into mistakes by changing riding style to disrupt them (see Laguna video above, or any number of Rossi:Gibernau battles).
On his very best days it appears as if he deliberately makes mistakes to give the fans something to watch (Mugello 06) as he then sets about taking the field apart again.
Plays up to the Italian stereotype no end but it makes him very popular.Posted 2 years agomrblobbyMember
Interesting question that.
Came to MotoGP (well 500cc) when there was a bit of a talent vacuum following a bunch of retirements and Doohans injury. Was a much needed breath of fresh air after a very dour Doohan. And he made hay while the sun shone racking up titles pretty easily on a dominant bike and tyre combination and without much competition and making it all look easy and fun.
Was also brilliant for media soundbites after the Doohan days. Though does manage the media very well whilst also giving little away… e.g….
I theenk I makkagood race, I go fastfastfast, then I say “fack”!* Utter legend, loving watching him winning again!
So doesn’t really tell you much about what’s actually going on as that just gets you branded a whinger by the media. And the public seem to lap it up as he’s a “character”.
And that was all fine until a new batch of riders started coming through, likes of Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner, and more recently Marquez.
The image slipped a little when Lorenzo (his team mate at the time) started to get the better of him. Wall went up in the garage with Rossi demanding a toys out the pram “him or me” from the team. Lorenzo went on to win the world championship and Rossi really had no choice but to look elsewhere.
Unfortunately for him the only real option was Ducati, with Stoner seemingly the only person who could make it go round corners. Rossi and Burgess (his crew chief) went to Ducati claiming that “the Doctor” would quickly fix whatever was wrong with the Ducati. They couldn’t. An acrimonious split ensued with Rossi bitching about the bike at every available opportunity (… but aren’t you the Doctor? Isn’t sorting out a bike your thing?)
Anyway, now back on a decent bike, and fair play to him, winning again. Nice to see. Maybe he is the GOAT after all. Reckon Stoner and Marquez are just on another level in terms of riding ability, but in terms of results then he definitely has claim.Posted 2 years agosharkattackMember
I can name two motorcycle racers in the whole world. Guy Martin and Valentino Rossi. This is understandable as I know absolutely nothing about motorcycle racing. I don’t watch it or follow it at all.
I was just wondering, why of all the riders in the world is Rossi a household name? Why are there so many cars and builders vans with ’46’ stickers on them? Why do people buy helmets with his face on?
I asked some friends and they just said ‘he’s a legend’ but they weren’t sure why.
What has he done that no other Moto GP rider has managed? And should I start watching Moto GP to see what all the fuss is about?Posted 2 years agokayla1Subscriber
He’s the only person to have won back to back races (Honda at the end of 2003 and Yamaha at the start of 2004) on different makes of motorcycle and the second only person to have won back to back titles on different makes (again, Honda in 2003 and Yamaha in 2004).
MotoGP was as dull as dishwater in the 800 years but it’s slightly better now. It’s usually the smaller classes (Moto3 and Moto2) where the action is though, and the UK has a chance of a couple of world champions in those classes this year 😀Posted 2 years agoP-JayMember
I’m not sure I can add anything new, but the Guy is just brilliant – for a Motorbike Racer he’s getting on a bit, but you can NEVER discount him, he can perform miracles.
He’s been through a bit of a dry patch of late – Ducati are the Ferrari of motorbikes, usually red and always Italian. Sensible, intelligent riders have been persuaded to ride for them – even though for the vast majority of the last however many years they’ve produced a appalling race bike – it’s made mugs of world champions and thrown good riders into career doldrums they’ve never fully emerged from – Rossi went to Ducati, did better than most on it (Moaner aside of course) but was pushed to the middle of the pack unless it was raining which leveled the field.
Disaster struck in 2011, one of his friends and a bit of a protege Marco Simoncelli crashed – which wasn’t unusual really, Marco was a simply amazing natural talent on a bike, but wild and reckless, he should have got a lot of wins and podiums, but he’d often end up in the gravel trap trying too hard – anyway it was a freak accident and Marco got spat across the track on his bike and collected Rossi and another friend of theirs Colin Edwards along the way and Marco was killed. I wont bother with details, but it was an horrific thing to watch and I suspect Rossi saw his friend die, it really knocked the wind out of his sails.
He came back to his former team Yamaha in 2013, where one of his biggest rivals was now undisputed Number 1, it seemed to some the swansong of his career – the GOAT (Greatest of all time – they actually call him that, whilst he’s still riding) was past it, he was still competitive and still won but he wasn’t the undisputed King of MotoGP anymore his team mate was and is super fast and there’s a new boy on the grid who seems to be able to defy any law of physics he wants to – until BAM 2015 and the magic is back, he’s got the least powerful bike of the big teams – Ducai have given up building crap bikes and made a really fast one and Honda who seem to spend about twice what the rest of the grid does collectively have built some stupid fast bike but Rossi is squeezing every lap, point and win he can and is leading the championship.
IN F1 terms he’s got the cool calculating, genius of Alonso married with the raw explosive talent of Hamilton – but unlike any F1 driver – he seems to take it all in his stride and really enjoys his work.
He’s pure class that Valentino Rossi.Posted 2 years ago
Further to the picture above, with his own face on top of his helmet, I also offer this –
Having already had his own face on top of his helmet, after crashing at Indianapolis, he had this one done for the next race at Misano, to show what a donkey he was for falling off. Don’t know of any other top-level sports person so gleefully happy to laugh at themselves.Posted 2 years agosharkattackMember
In spectacular (and unusually helpful) fashion this thread has absolutely answered my original question with minimal pee taking and backed it up with a tonne of evidence.
I am a convert. I will make sure I watch the next race. Until then I’ll check out all the historic battles on Youtube.
Many thanks.Posted 2 years ago
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