Three cheers to Rossi for bring­ing on tal­ent

Valentino is to be ad­mired for VR46 Academy work

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Peo­ple are quick to knock Rossi for his well-doc­u­mented fallings out with Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and more re­cently Marc Mar­quez but he de­serves se­ri­ous praise for his ded­i­ca­tion to bring­ing on a fresh gen­er­a­tion of rac­ers across the Motogp classes (MCN, Fe­bru­ary 15). He could fo­cus en­tirely on his own cam­paign for a tenth world ti­tle or even re­tire to the sun and never turn a wheel again. But in­stead he puts the time and ef­fort into de­vel­op­ing the ca­reers of the likes of Lorenzo Bal­das­sarri, Ni­colò Bulega and, of course, his own half brother Luca Marini. Nat­u­rally we all want to see more Brits like Cal Crutchlow and Scott Red­ding right up there at the sharp end, but I’m sure th­ese young Ital­ians will give us some­thing to cheer for – es­pe­cially if they can be even half as ex­cit­ing as Valentino. Adam Smith, email

Cir­cuit of dreams?

It is be­gin­ning to look as though the pro­posed Cir­cuit of Wales will re­main a gleam in some­one’s eye for many more years to come. Although I am an avid rider and fol­lower of all types of mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing, I can­not help but agree with the govern­ment ad­viser who stated you would ‘only want to build this to lose money’. It does seem a ridicu­lous amount of cash to spend lay­ing down a strip of tar­mac on a hill­side (and this, in re­al­ity, is all a race­track is) in the hope that lots of busi­ness will be at­tracted there. The more this ven­ture con­tin­ues the more it be­gins to look like that rather odd Kevin Cost­ner film Field of Dreams which had the tag line ‘If you build it, he will come’. Just stick with Sil­ver­stone. It may not be the great­est cir­cuit, but at least it is there.

John Hill, email Back Moto2 Brits

When the new Moto2 en­gine regs come in to force why can’t Tri­umph along­side Kalex, Suter et al build a frame to fit the con­trol en­gine and let a Bri­tish rider get on board? Oh let me think, oh yes a cer­tain Luke Sta­ple­ford springs to mind. A World Su­per­sport rider of supreme tal­ent who has worked mir­a­cles on that most fa­mous of Bri­tish bikes… a Tri­umph.

Mike Nun­ner­ley, Wolver­hamp­ton Tax laws are anti-bike

In Spring 2017 my bike will cost more than four times as much to tax as my car. The bike is in­sured for 4000 miles per year, the car for 10,000. So per mile the bike costs 10 times more than the car. Less con­ges­tion less road wear, but I pay MORE. The read­just­ment to the bands prove to me that the CO el­e­ment

2 was al­ways a con, so how can any­one jus­tify the dis­par­ity?

John Wilkin­son, email I’m with Mick

Mick Grant says he’d make po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness a trea­son­able of­fence (MCN, Fe­bru­ary 8). He will prob­a­bly have read The rise of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness by An­gelo Codev­illa, if not, then it’s a good read. Other PC haters might like to read it too.

Bob Garn­ham, email Chap­ter and verse

I read with in­ter­est your re­cent Q&A in­ter­view with Mick Grant (MCN, Fe­bru­ary 8). Hav­ing watched Mick many times at the NW200 in years gone by, I would like to help him. In an­swer to the ques­tion: ‘If you could have one su­per­power, what would it be?’ He an­swered: ‘Eter­nal life’. The Bi­ble says in John chap­ter 3, verse 16: ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only be­got­ten Son that whoso­ever

Learn­ing from the master: An­drea Migno and Franco Mor­bidelli

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