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Agostini or Hailwood the greatest? Lorenzo picks Rossi

"If I could choose one of these three I would say Valentino" - Jorge Lorenzo.
Jorge Lorenzo paid Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi a huge compliment during the Misano pre-event press conference on Thursday.

When the riders were asked to choose between motorcycle grand prix legends Mike Hailwood or Giacomo Agostini, the reigning double world champion replied:

“Is it possible to say Valentino? I didn't see either Hailwood or Agostini race, but I know Giacomo... and so I would say Giacomo.

“But also I have the honour to race Valentino and for me Valentino is one of the greatest. So if I could choose one of these three, I would say Valentino.”

Lorenzo and Rossi endured a frosty relationship as team-mates between 2008-2010, but have formed a much more amiable partnership since the Italian's Yamaha return in 2013.

Rossi, after thanking Lorenzo, answered as follows: “I am older than the other guys but still not enough to see Ago and Hailwood race. Difficult question. Ago won more but for a lot of people Hailwood was the man who made more difference. But because I am Italian, I will say Agostini!”

Agostini holds the all-time record for grand prix titles, with a total of 15 in the 500cc and 350cc classes between 1966 and 1977. Agostini's eight 500cc crowns mean he is the only rider with more premier-class titles than Rossi.

Briton Hailwood, who Rossi previously paid tribute to upon matching his 76 GPs in 2005, claimed nine world titles between 1961 and 1967 ( 4 x 500cc, 2 x 350cc and 2 x 250cc).

Tagged as: Lorenzo , Valentino Rossi

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September 12, 2013 6:48 PM

3 bad years never make Rossi an ordinary rider... Look at what he did in the entire last decade, astonishing isn't? kept the most dominant honda in bay for 7 long years while riding for yamaha which was and is still inferior to honda in many ways... His consistency speaks for itself,, in a long carrier spanning over a decade, only one crash (mugello 2010) out of the several stopped him from starting a race, this tells us volumes.about his mind set and approach, he was never a win it or bin it kind of rider... Rossi throughly deserves to be in that elite group alongside Ago and Mike...


September 12, 2013 6:29 PM
Last Edited 1413 days ago

Ahah Good stuff from Lorenzo.. Is good that theystart to have a better relation, Lorenzo is just saying the true this kids follow Rossi worck over the years and now they still fight with him..lolol Rossi was not only The Doctor, was also a teacher of how to Win Champions.. The Legend

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