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MotoGP, Vinales: "Rossi taught me to smile in difficult times"

"Valentino has been my idol since I was little. I'm sorry he's leaving. It would be important if he stayed with Yamaha."

MotoGP: Vinales: "Rossi taught me to smile in difficult times"


The Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi duo is destined to end this year. The Spanish rider's new teammate will be Fabio Quartarato in the Yamaha official team and,  if the Doctor he wants to continue with the M1, he'll have to wear the Petronas team colors.

Maverick is happy with the new arrival, but also disappointed that he no longer has Rossi by his side.

"I've had a good relationship with Fabio since he arrived in Yamaha," he told Sky. "He's really good on the flying lap and takes advantage of the M1's full potential. But when you're on an official team, things are very different. You have to try new things with every race. I'm happy with his arrival but also sorry, because being with Valentino is always great."

Vinales didn't spare dishing out compliments about the Doctor.

Rossi has been my idol since I was little. I was 3 or 4 years old when I saw him race in the 250," he remembered. "Being on the track with him gives me extra motivation. I hope Valentino will continue in Yamaha. That would be important."

Maverick will always remember a lesson he learned from Rossi.

I learned many things from him, both in good and in difficult times. What sticks most in his mind is that Valentino is always smiling, even if he didn't get a good result, reaching a 7th and 8th place. This is what I lreally learned from him," he said.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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