Valentino Rossi

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In 2016, Valentino Rossi put to­gether a blis­ter­ing ti­tle at­tack that few saw com­ing. The Mo­togp vet­eran stood on the top step of the podium mul­ti­ple times and proved that he still had the pace to fight with his much younger ri­vals, ul­ti­mately fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all in the se­ries.

In 2017 we’ve seen both pace and con­sis­tency from the Ital­ian. Stun­ningly fast on his day (like at Le Mans, when he took the fight to team-mate Viñales) but also mak­ing un­char­ac­ter­is­tic mis­takes (again, like at Le Mans when he crashed out on the fi­nal lap). He’s also suf­fered from Yamaha go­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion with their new M1 chas­sis and leav­ing him un­able to be com­pet­i­tive in low-grip con­di­tions.

But with a new frame in the bike now, which has clearly im­proved the sit­u­a­tion, he’s still only 10 points adrift as Mo­togp heads to some of his strong­est cir­cuits on the cal­en­dar – and only a fool would rule him out of be­ing right in the mix come Va­len­cia.

Here’s one Doc­tor that hasn’t had an un­ex­pected re­gen­er­a­tion… One thing is for cer­tain… you can never rule out Valentino

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