MotoGP, Rossi: "I chose Yamaha to show that I was the one to win not Honda"

“It's as if Hamilton were to leave Mercedes for McLaren. I've done more than I expected. Now there are days that give me more satisfaction than when I won 12 races in a row."


Yesterday, the day that Italy celebrated the Festa della Repubblica, a charity show hosted by Alex Zanardi - "Non Mollare Mai - Storie Tricolori" - aired on Rai 1. Many champions were present, like Federica Pellegrini, Alex Del Piero, and Charles Leclerc. And Valentino Rossi was also among them.

For the occasion, the Doctor talked about how he experienced these last few months: "I haven't been on a bike for a while,"  #46 declared. "Now instead we'.ve returned to a much less boring life than before."

Zanardi then emphasized his debut on the track: "My dream was to win, but I didn't know what to expect either, " Vale commented. "Personally, I can say that I did more than I expected, and I'm happy."

In these twenty years of his career, Valentino was the center of attention for how he celebrated his wins on the track, and that involved his fan club for the occasionose: “Those were gags that people liked a lot," he recalled. "We made motorcycling known to grandparents and children and to all those who perhaps weren't fans. Those skits were successful because they were natural, since it took away the seriousness of taking yourself seriously, which maybe sometimes reigns in sports. It was just to have a laugh."

In Rossi's long career, he definitely had a few rivals, and Stoner is one that stands out among them. It was memorable when he overtook at the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca: “It was one of the best of my career," he recalled. "In that GP with Casey, we raced through it lots of times, like five times after not even three laps. The problem is that there were still 27 laps left, and I didn't know how it would end," he said smiling.

For Rossi, on one hand, there's the joy of victory and triumphs, and on the other, disappointments: “During the first part of my career, I won a lot, something that not many champions have done," he emphasized. " After that, namely, the harder years, I won less and had more disappointments, but they satisfied me more than when I won 12 races in a row".

It was impossible to forget what his experience with Honda was: “I was condemned to win. In those years, many had said I only won because of Honda. If I didn't win two races, they say d I was done." That's where the choice to focus on Yamaha came from: “That was a satisfaction. I made a really crazy choice. It's as if Hamilton were to leave Mercedes to race with McLaren. They thought I was crazy at Honda when I decided to marry the Yamaha project but, in the end, I showed that I wasn't just winning because of the bike."

The last thing he talked about was his competitive spirit on the track: “Having competitive malice is in the DNA of a winner, because it allows you to make the difference, in crucial moments, between a strong rider and a champion. If you're politically correct, you probably have more long-term benefits."



Translated by Leila Myftija

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