In February, an Italian humor program called Le Lene invited the phenomenon Valentino Rossi. The tone of the interview was humorous and during the show Rossi was forced to participate in a video game race with presenters, being forced to use his Spanish rival Jorge Lorenzo.
The joke served to introduce the question about which rider irritated him the most during his career. Rossi ignored his current rivals as Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Márquez “With Max Biaggi there was a great rivalry, so he was the rider that made me the most angry” said The Doctor.
At the age of 38, the Italian was asked if he would like to return and start his career again. “It would be good, especially since it would mean being 16 or 17 years old again” he said.
One of the most successful riders in history, the nine times world champion, Valentino is also the richest in the Moto GP, with an annual salary of US$12 million, plus an accumulated fortune Of US$135 million career.
He is known for both talent and for doing everything for a victory, Rossi is also one of the most hated riders on the circuit. Despite the extroverted and funny way, he has a series of enemies, who have always accused him of playing dirty. But nothing that Valentino Rossi is no longer accustomed to.
Remember the greatest enmities of the myth of MotoGP
The talented Italian, owner of four 250cc titles, became Valentino’s No. 1 nemesis during his MotoGP years, between 1998 and 2005. Biagi witnessed the birth of the Phenomenon, with whom he played every curve at the edge of loyalty.
The relationship became dreadful at the 2001 Japan GP when Biaggi pushed and sent Valentino to the grass. (All this at 240km/ h).
Rossi, who would be MotoGP champion for the first time that year, did not give up, got back on the bike, raced madly and passed his opponent on the next lap. Upon passing Biaggi, he showed the middle finger, in an image immortalized in the history of the Moto GP.
Over the next four years, rivals continued to hate each other, fighting and arguing around frequently. Biaggi left the biggest category in 2005, and today he dispute the Superbike, modality in which it gained two titles.
A classic case of friends who have come to hate each other because of the egos fight. Rossi and the Spanish were considered good partners, and were often seen sharing a beer after the races. However, everything changed after the 2004 Qatar Grand Prix.
At the time, Valentino made the pole position, but Gibernau complained strongly that he knew that Yamaha had made some modifications on the opponent’s bike to give him an advantage in dribbling the sand of the circuit.
The organizers accepted Gibernau’s protest, and Valentino had to leave in the last position. During the race Rossi ended up crashing and did not score points, giving continuity to a weekend of nightmares.
After the episode, Rossi accused Gibernau of “dirty game” and broke relations with the friend. The partners, who once drank and laughed together, were no longer talking and exchanging accusations behind the scenes.
Owner of two titles of the highest category of the Moto GP, the Australian was another who placed Valentino Rossi on his list of hated. The most remarkable episode of this fight happened in the GP of Laguna Seca in 2008.
That weekend, Stoner, who was the champion of the season, dominated all training and took the pole. He was the favorite in the race, but eventually overtaken by Rossi in a polemic maneuver, that gave victory (and later the title) to the Italian.
After the race, the Australian revolted, complained that the track of Valentino on the race disrespected all the limits of loyalty and fired: “I lost all respect I had for him.”
The enmity lasted for three years, but at the 2011 Spanish GP in Jerez de la Frontera, Rossi tried to apologize and extended his hand to Stoner, who declined, and say that the Italian had let his ego surpass his talent.
The ex team-mate at Yamaha may be you “oldest enemy”. Valentino always made it clear that before partners, they are opponents. No wonder Rossi always referred to Lorenzo as his first enemy. “We have a good respect relationship, both on and off the track. But as everyone knows, his team-mate is his first rival because he has the same bike as you. “It’s the first guy I have to win,” Said Vale in an interview.
Despite having 3 titles of the highest category of MotoGP, Lorenzo never had 100% respect from his teammate. Rossi always considered that in the years when the Spanish won the title (2010, 2012 and 2015), They did not compete on equality.
After the Spanish was hired by the Japanese team in 2008, Valentino ordered the boxes of both to be separated by a wall, and also as prohibiting any information exchange between mechanics.
Both staged unforgettable races at Valencia, Assen and Sachsenring but perhaps the duel of the century was the one they both faced at the celebrated 2009 Catalunya GP, when Rossi overcame his teammate’s Yamaha with an impossible braking on the final corner of the race.
Marc, his latest latest case, is a candidate to become one of the greatest legends of the MotoGP, and he has no doubt that Valentino Rossi is the best in history.
But the friendship did not last for long, things have been different between them, after 2015 with the polemic incident in Malaysia, where the Spanish ended up falling into a controversial maneuver in an attempt to overtake over the Italian, with a gentle RC213V Against a rebel, YZR-M1 Márquez was not in a position to react.
The young prodigy of Honda, who in recent past had made several references to the nine time MotoGP champion, says he maintains Rossi as an idol, but has no respect for his rival on the track.
” I’d rather not say what he told me. It was not pretty. I always had a lot of respect for him. He will continue to be my idol, but I have lost all respect for him. Me and a lot of people. The way I look at him has changed, ” he said.
“Unfortunately, I lost a lot of time with Marc, on the corner I tried to go outside the track because he tried to cause me problems, but I do not know, he came on top of me and we hit at that moment,” said the Italian
Valentino is a reference for many, for everything he has done, the records he has achieved and the fans he has are impressive, and the Italian continues to run with the will to reach the tenth world title.