Rossi the racer won’t go qui­etly

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - ANDY CALTON

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.

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