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Valentino Rossi interview.

In order to improve the 2010 M1 we have decided to focus on two aspects: we have improved the chassis, that I tested in Valencia with. Our aim is to develop a more stable bike, with more grip. The second direction, which is the most important, is the engine. We need more horsepower, despite the new rule that limits the number of engines through the season. We need more power and longer life of the engine. This will not be easy for Yamaha, but I know that they have been working very hard on this.

Q:
What's your opinion about Ben Spies? Do you think he can be a threat to the current 'big four', as many people say he will be?

Valentino Rossi:
There is a lot of expectation about Ben Spies. I think Spies is a very good rider and has a great talent. It is not a case that he is the current Superbike World Champion! He will surely be very competitive, he has a good potential, he's fast and brave, but of course I hope he will be less fast than we will be, because four strong riders are already too many…

Q:
What are your thoughts about the news of 1000cc engines returning in two seasons' time? Is that an exciting prospect that makes you want to commit to MotoGP for even longer?

Valentino Rossi:
Theoretically, I am very happy to go back to the 1000cc, because I like it more than 800cc and it is more fun. Of course we will have to see how the technical regulation will be for these engines and we will have to see whether they are fast and fun to ride like they were in 2006. Anyway, going back to 1000cc is an important challenge, as far as my motivation are concerned, and may convince me to stay in MotoGP for longer.

Q:
Following your recent Ferrari F1 test, people are asking once again if you will move to F1. What do you say about this, and how do you expect Ferrari to do this year?

Valentino Rossi:
I had the chance to drive the Ferrari F1 car in Barcelona. It was great, I had fun and it was a very good test, with good lap times, but I think that it will be very difficult to see me driving in Formula One.

Q:
What do you think about Schumacher returning to F1?

Valentino Rossi:
It has been an interesting and curious choice. It will be nice to see Michael again on a F1 car and see if he can be as fast as he used to be before retiring.

Q:
Is what Schumacher is doing something you could see yourself doing, i.e. leaving MotoGP for a few years and then returning? Or do you think that, when you do decide to retire, it will be for good?

Valentino Rossi:
I don't know. It is a difficult question. A lot of great sportsmen such as Michael Jordan retired and then came back, as well as Armstrong. Honestly, my objective is to not retire at all and, if I do it, I would do something else. But I don't know, it is really very difficult to say.

Q:
When do you expect to make a decision about your future?

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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