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Valentino Rossi interview.

A Q&A session with reigning seven time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi, released by Yamaha to coincide with this morning's official unveiling of the 2010 Fiat Yamaha livery at Sepang in Malaysia...
Q:
What have you been doing during the off-season? How much training and how much holidaying?

Valentino Rossi:
If my time during winter was 100, let's say 50/50 between holiday and training. I went to the mountains with my friends and I snowboarded with them, which is my favourite winter sport. My training during the winter break is very different than the standard one during the MotoGP season. Anyway, I have never stopped training, otherwise it would be very much difficult to start riding again this year.

Q:
How do you prepare for a new season? Is it more important to work on your fitness these days?

Valentino Rossi:
Training has become more and more important, because MotoGP bikes are more and more difficult to be ridden and you need power and resistance for the 45 minutes of the race. You also have to get to the new season start in the best possible shape. At the gym, my training is pretty normal, with weights, but I always try to ride motocross or supermotard bikes at the “cava”, in order to not lose the feeling with the throttle.

Q:
At the age of 31 (nearly) do you think you are still improving as a racer or do you think you have reached the peak of your talents?

Valentino Rossi:
On 16th February I will be 31. I will be a little older… I always try to be at the top of my shape, improving and trying to adapt to the new bike. You always need to adapt yourself to the new bike, to the new regulation. If you think you are at the top of your performance, it is a big problem! Every season has its own story, it is more and more difficult and you always have to be faster. I will try again, as usual.

Q:
Who do you think will be toughest to beat this season, Jorge, Casey or Dani, and why?

Valentino Rossi:
It is very difficult to say now who will be the hardest rival this year. I think all of them are on the same level, it is difficult to beat any of them. They are very strong riders, they can be fast on every track and condition and through the entire season and they are all capable of winning the championship. The 2010 bikes will make the difference, but I think all three riders will be the more difficult to be beaten.

Q:
You have made no secret of the fact that you are not happy about the new engine rule restricting the amount of engines that can be used in a season. How would you change it, if you could?

Valentino Rossi:
This rule is not fantastic for MotoGP. It will make everybody's lives very difficult. Tome it is not right that MotoGP have six engines only for the entire season, it is too tight. The rule is aimed to save money, but I think engines should be at least eight; ten would be easier and less risky. All manufacturers will have to adapt to the new rule and all riders will have to be careful, in order to save the engines and arrive at the end of the season with six engines only.

Q:
Last year you made more mistakes than we've grown accustomed to seeing you make. Do you think this was to do with the level your rivals pushed you to or what?

Valentino Rossi:
Rivals pressure is always very high, every year. In 2009 I did three mistakes during races, which is too much, but at least two of them were very particular, because it was raining and I had slick tyres. In Indianapolis, instead, I had the worst accident and I could avoid it. In 2010 we will try to stay as much concentrated as possible and to avoid those mistakes.

Q:
What developments have you personally asked to be made to the M1 for this season?

Valentino Rossi:



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Des D - Unregistered

February 04, 2010 9:33 AM

After a long life of watching top class racers I have had several heroes from Duke through Hailwood to Dolan. I always though no one could beat Hailwood as the greatest. Being fortunate enough to see Rossi ride at Philip Island over 7 yrs and seeing him often on TV, I now feel he is about equal to Mike the Bike. Another world championship, he will be ahead. Sorry Casey, you are exceptional, but you are still young and I am confident another world championship will come when Rossi retires.



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