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