Maybe Valentino Rossi had felt that he was going to have to fight it out with “his” guys from the VR46 Academy in this Misano Grand Prix.
In fact, in our exclusive video interview last Thursday, Matteo Aglio asked him if he didn’t think he had some snakes in his grass.
Rossi’s response at minute 8:52 of the video was clear about what the delicate balances within the Academy are.
“I have snakes in my grass. At first, we honestly didn’t think about it,” the 9-time world champion said jokingly. “But, come on, it went so well, and we already have two riders in the MotoGP, and then maybe others will follow too. It’s great. I knew there was this risk, to have riders in the Academy who go so fast. Managing the rivalry depends from rider to rider… The relationship I have with Bagnaia and Morbidelli is different. With Pecco we experience it better. With Franco in the races, we feel the rivalry more. It depends on the personality.”
Unfortunately, Valentino was unable to finish the race on the podium. Mir “jumped” past him on the last lap and, this time, he really deserved it.
It would have been a special podium, in “his”; Misano. At the age of 41, it would have been an ideal passing of the torch, precisely to two riders who he literally raised. Better luck next time!