Rossi the racer won’t go quietly
When I was younger and my legs worked properly I used to go running. With a vest and everything!
As my 17-year-old self attacked every run like a dog with a squeaky toy, it was always boom or bust. From a three-mile training run to a 10k race, it was 100 per cent all the time. And it amazed me to see someone who jogged about a bit in training cruise effortlessly past me in a race. What my idiot teenage brain failed to compute was that training is practice. Practice is about learning and refining the art. The race is where it actually matters.
Valentino Rossi continues to jog about at the back in training, only to cruise effortlessly past most of the field in the race. And while Maverick Viñales is clearly the man to beat, right now... it’s a long season with a lot of ups and downs sure to strike.
That’s where the experience and guile of The Doctor could just prove pivotal. Chuck in a wet race or two (Viñales only qualified sixth after a damp Q2 in Argentina) and the 2017 Motogp world title fight is still very much up for grabs.