Can The Doctor Still Match The Best?
Valento Rossi v. Casey Stoner, Laguna Seca 2008.Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi celebrates his 40th birthday today and we wish The Doctor a safe and successful journey during the coming season. Valentino’s Dad Graziano, pictured above, reckons his pride and joy has the capabilities to continue racing at the highest level until he’s at least 46 – the iconic number that has been on the front of his bikes since Day One. “He did not win last year, but he has the credentials to win again – if he hasn’t won, it’s because Yamaha has gone the wrong way,” says the proud Dad.
“Unlike others, Valentino seems to be able to stop the effects of time. Like 10 years ago, he is at his best – the adrenaline of riding the bike and staying ahead of the others; the satisfaction of going to sleep and saying ‘today I did the best I could’.” GRAZIANO ROSSI.Rossi the Elder – a handy Grand Prix rider himself in the 70s and 80s – has no doubt the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP ace is still as hungry as ever and can still ride with the best of them. No doubt, so does his boss:
“We have renewed confidence,” LIN JARVIS, Monster Energy Yamaha Managing Director, expecting a bounceback from Yamaha in 2019.As the new season of premier class racing unfolds, 2019’s competition looks as mean and as tough as ever. And Graziano warns that his multi-talented offspring “arrives very well, because the desire to stay young is within every man.” EDITED by AC