This week marks the 20th anniversary of F1 legend Ayrton Senna's death at Imola.

On the eve of this weekend's Spanish MotoGP at Jerez, some of the sport's leading riders - most of them too young to have seen him race - were asked for their memories of the Brazilian.

"I am a bit older [than the others] so I remember better," began nine time world champion Valentino Rossi. "I followed Formula One very much that season. Sincerely speaking I wasn't really a great fan of Senna, I mean I liked more Mansell. But he was a hero. What he did with a Formula One car is something that remains in the history and the memory of all the fans - like the first lap at Donington in the wet, or the qualifying lap at Monaco with the McLaren. Things that as a fan of motorsport will remain always in your mind. He was a great inspiration for a lot of drivers and riders."

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Team-mate and four time world champion Jorge Lorenzo added: "I only started watching motorsport in 1995, but I've read a lot of books about him and seen a lot of videos. He was really special compared to the others. He had something more. His limit was a little further. Making laps one second faster than great drivers like Alain Prost, you have to have something special. He was also very serious, working a lot on all aspects of racing. I learn some things from reading the books and seeing the movies."

Ducati Cal Crutchlow stated: "Obviously it was before my time, but a true icon. I think for the whole sport, on and off the track and a role model to a lot of young riders and drivers. A fantastic sportsman and probably the best there has been in Formula One."

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa spoke of his respect for what Senna did on and off the track.

"I was also very small and so I don't remember that day [he died] very well, but I know some things about him. He was really a pure talent in driving the car aggressively, pushing the limits all the time. But also off the track he was already searching for safety, trying to put the drivers together to make the sport better and this makes him a guy who is very, very clever. So a lot of respect."