I try to have a different relationship with the bike. I don't give it a name, but I always speak with it. I don't know if the other riders do the same. This is not only a piece of metal - there is a soul. The bike talks back too. But not with a voice, with the components— Valentino Rossi
The most interesting Valentino Rossi quotes that will activate your inner potential
The most important thing is to have a good relationship with the bike.
.. you have to understand what she wants. I think of a motorcycle as a woman, and I know that sounds silly, but it's true.
To be a great motorbike racer, the most important thing is passion for the bike.
Giving yourself threads doesn't mean you don't believe in yourself in my opinion.
I'm Valentino Rossi. And I want to be a person, not an icon.
I feel 100% a Yamaha rider in my heart.
I had a long career and raced with several factory bikes, but the highlight of my career is undoubtedly with Yamaha.
Our sport is dangerous. We risk the life out there, so we need to stay calm and focused and leave all the rest out.
How do Ferrari know what I'm doing next year when I don't know what I'm doing next week?
I race to win. If I am on the bike or in a car it will always be the same.
I would have probably stolen cars - it would have given me the same adrenaline rush as racing.
I'm lucky because I don't feel too much pressure - it's only in the last hour before the race, and even then it's good, positive pressure.
To win the Championship in the first year will be hard.
We need time to become competitive and win races.
I have designs I like applied to my helmet, motorcycle, riding suits, gloves,and boots. I have a designer friend of mine put the designs on them for me. I think a livery on the helmet is significant in expressing a rider's personality.
I am still here because I like to prove myself.
I still like to ride the bike on track and enjoy the races. I still have good reasons to be in racing after so many years.
I'm very happy because I won a lot. I've won races and lived in a world that just gave me joy, so I remember it very positively.
I am focused on racing. I enjoy it. It's a great feeling to be back fighting for the title.
It's a big, big advantage because understanding what changes we might make takes time and it takes time to work out settings and to understand everything about the new machine.
The great fights with your strongest rivals are always the biggest motivation.
When you win easily it's not the same taste.
I have won on Honda and Yamaha so maybe it is interesting to win with a third team, Ducati, who are Italian.
We kept on racing, doing something that Luis [Salom] loved.
Fortunately or unfortunately, life goes on.
Friendship is very important to me. With some friends, we've known each other since we were kids and it's a very strong relationship. They always tell me what they think even when I am wrong. It's great to share with them the best moments. I also have many friends in the team, and I like to share my passion with them.
I like physical exercise. I actually like sports in general. I really like snowboarding and playing soccer, too.
We have the 2004 M1 here for reference, which is useful.
It worked well here last year; we won the race and always did fast lap times so it will be interesting to compare it to the new bike and it will help us to understand which parts have improved.
I am completely focused on being strong, riding fast, and enjoying myself.
With the new generation of riders, only the chronometer counts. I need to be faster than them on track.
In 2002 the Yamaha was at more or less the same level as the Honda, better in some ways, worse in others. But in the winter of last year between 2002 and 2003, Honda made a big step forward and it seemed as if Yamaha couldn't quite match that improvement.
Maybe if Graziano make another work or another sport I wouldn't have had this passion to be a rider.
Also, when I started racing he knew a lot of people and it was more easy for me to find the first bike, so I have a good chance for sure.
I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.
I was lucky. My father raced bikes. He gave me the passion very early. I had my first bike when I was three or four years old.
In 2009, I didn't like that Yamaha signed such a young and competitive teammate [Jorge Lorenzo]. But now everything is different. We are more mature. Everyone knows his role and position. Things are clear.
However I am looking forward to the two new Grands Prixs both Shanghai and Laguna Seca are fantastic tracks and it will be good to race at them.
It is a big problem and so I don't know for sure if I say yes or no to Ferrari.
You try to do a technical feature: in front of me I had a strong rider who brakes hard and it's difficult to pass.
I am able to ride the bike and think clearly about strategy and tyres.
I also have positive thinking. I am very constructively critical.
In my opinion we are at the limit now, and 17 races is really too much.
With all the testing that we do now, it means we're always on the bike and it's quite difficult.
I'm done with F1 unfortunately. I'm too old, the train has passed
Motivation is the key. More than training, more than experience or age, motivation counts. You have to ask yourself: 'Why am I racing?' I race because I like it, because I'm really enjoying it. I like to set up my bike and ride it on track. After 20 years in the GPs I'm still highly motivated. Everything else is a consequence.
As for the level of spectacle of the two disciplines, I leave it to the people who watch the races to comment.
Maybe the bike is more dangerous, but the passion for the car for me is second to the bike.
Barcelona is a special track. I have always loved the layout of the circuit, but also the atmosphere and the fans are special. It has always been good fun.
The tragic incident of Luis Salom reminds us that our sport, our passion, is dangerous. We know it but, in a way, we don't think about it.
My approach to the races hasn't changed in my 20-year career.
If I have the chance to attack and to pass, I do it, trying to get the best possible result.
I always enjoyed myself a lot in pre-school.
Nowadays, we have to deal with so many more factors that weren't there in the past. It's not enough to be a good rider, if you want to finish at the front. The riders have become incredible athletes. In the past, you could manage the race and fight only on the last laps. Now you need to train hard. You cannot allow yourself to go on track without being at 100 percent.
If I test the car for a year I can be quite competitive the next season.
Once the races begin it's more difficult and there is never that much time for testing.
I have always challenged myself and it's also important to learn from the rivals. Every rider has his own style, and you have to count on some elements that cannot be changed. On the contrary, the bike or the tires can change and it's important to adapt yourself. It's up to the rider to understand what he can change and how much he can adapt.
The work that we do during the winter is very important;
we have a new bike and it's important to develop it during this time, and we start with this test.
Riding a race bike is an art - a thing that you do because you feel something inside.
Fortunately during my career I have won more or less everything, so I need to enjoy it to have the right motivation.