Valentino is used to dealing with his rivals on track, but over the years he's also learned to resist the advances of the fans. Outside of the pits, the paddock area is always teeming with fans, but there was even a warm welcome awaiting the Doctor at Melbourne airport, as he prepared to travel home after the Phillip Island tests.
Many of the fans recognised him and surrounded him asking for selfies and autographs. To ensure Valentino could cross the airport calmly, two police officers intervened, accompanying him from the check-in desks as far as passport control, as you can see in the video here.
The tests in Australia didn't go particularly well but Valentino still has a place in the fans' hearts.