American riders were those who started this first, learning how to skid on dirt ovals under the California sun. Training that was useful to refine their riding perception when there's not enough grip and, today, there's no MotoGP rider who doesn't do the same.
And it's thanks to Valentino Rossi and his Ranch that dirt tracks were brought to Europe. A track that combines "Stars and Stripes" ovals with the winding tracks of the Old Continent. A place where not only the Doctor trains, but also students from the VR46 Riders Academy, in addition to having had many World Championship riders as guests.
In the video above, Valentino speaks of how his circuit originated.
"It's more difficult to organize training on the track. Sometimes we go to Misano, other times Mugello, but we can't do it every week," he said. "The Ranch was created from an oval, then we made another one and, finally, the rest of the track, which looks like a TT, with fast corners and hairpins."
So that's how a unique gym for riders was born.
“It's a place to train, especially during winter," Rossi explained. "We needed a place to improve our skills in controlling the bike when it starts to skid. You have to move on the seat to find some grip, and you also need this when riding on asphalt."