Valentino Rossi has been racing for some years now with riders who, by age, could be his children. But now he will really become a father and one of the first thoughts knowing that his partner Francesca is expecting a baby girl is that she will not become a rider. Or at least it will be more difficult, because women who ride motorcycles are outnumbered by men, but there are some striking exceptions, such as Ana Carrasco who in 2018 won the Supersport 300 World Cup.
“When Franci told me we were going to have a daughter, I replied that it was good news because we won't have to decide whether to let her race or not - he smiled - she surely won't race in MotoGP and I'm happy. When I was young I never identified with my parents, I didn't understand how difficult it is to be on the other side. I noticed it with my brother and the other Academy riders, watching their races from the outside is tough. "
With your brother, however, you race in the same class…
"When you are on the bike as well it's different, you are in another dimension. He becomes an opponent, albeit not quite like everyone else. In the end it gives me pleasure to get in front of him and vice versa”.
At the end of this first day in Aragon he is ahead of you: 15th against 18th.
"Today was difficult, even if I expected it a bit. This is not a fantastic track for the Yamaha, but especially for me. It is one of the worst of my entire career ”.
“Usually a rider doesn't like tracks where he is slow, a lot depends on the results. However, there is no reason why you are fast on one circuit and slow on another, it is difficult to talk about a technical motivation".
What can you do this weekend?
"I didn't start well, because this morning I made a mistake, I crashed and I lost the last part of the session. In the afternoon it went a bit better, we worked to try not to wear the rear tire too much, which is the most important thing. I tried a slightly different set-up than the one I usually use. In the end I didn't go badly on the flying lap, I'm one second behind the fastest, but we're all close and so I'm 18th. Usually at Aragon the grip increases as the days go by, we will have to follow the track changes and improve with it ”.
Let's talk about your future as a car driver, do you already know where you will be racing?
“I haven't decided yet, but I have had a lot of contacts in recent months and we are organizing a good program for next year. I don't think I will race in DTM but in Endurance, but I still don't know in which championship or even with which car. Mattia Pasini is going strong with prototypes, but I had only driven one once more than 15 years ago, it was a Maserati. I’m thinking more about the GT3s, but Paso’s results show that even motorcyclists can go fast in cars (laughs) ”.