I would have probably stolen cars - it would have given me the same adrenaline rush as racing.
I race to win. If I am on the bike or in a car it will always be the same.
How do Ferrari know what I'm doing next year when I don't know what I'm doing next week?
Our sport is dangerous. We risk the life out there, so we need to stay calm and focused and leave all the rest out.
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.
I'm Valentino Rossi. And I want to be a person, not an icon.
Giving yourself threads doesn't mean you don't believe in yourself in my opinion.
To be a great motorbike racer, the most important thing is passion for the bike.
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.
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
Last Update: 29 July 2021
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