Who is aware of if Andrea Dovizioso will expertise the identical longevity as Valentino Rossi? Arrived in Grand Prix in 2002, the 35-year-old driver stays in enterprise for the second, he who’s engaged for the 2022 season within the RNF group, after having given himself a parenthesis of some months final yr.
Earlier than hanging up briefly on the finish of 2020, he held the file for probably the most consecutive races and not using a break, having by no means been absent since his full-time debut in 125cc. Together with his 325 consecutive begins (!), Plus his first Grand Prix as a wild card in 2001 and the 5 contested on the finish of 2021, Dovizioso may have participated in additional than 34% of the World Championship occasions since its creation in 1949, simply that!
Nevertheless, his expertise doesn’t erase the truth that Dovizioso, like so many others, was additionally a pupil of Rossi, whom he admired from the beginning of his profession. “I at all times adopted him, he was my idol. [C’était le cas] for everybody, particularly Italian pilots. Once I was enjoying my first pocket bike championship, he was in his final season, so I met him that yr. And everybody was following him as a result of if you do pocket bikes and a particular rider begins to win the title and does loopy issues, everybody begins to love it “, he remembers.
For me, he has at all times been an idol, I’ve at all times adopted and studied him, constantly.
Andrea Dovizioso on Valentino Rossi
“We’ve talked loads about Valentino all through his profession”, emphasizes Dovizioso. “He has been so particular in all these years that loads has been mentioned about him and all of the compliments he deserved have already been given to him, we are able to solely repeat them. About MotoGP, [on peut redire] how essential it has been, how a lot MotoGP has been adopted as a result of it did what it did, as a result of it received however above all for the ambiance it introduced with its victories or throughout race weekends, due to his charisma. “
“We at all times discuss who’s stronger, the variety of victories, however in my view one of many essential variations, the hallmark of Valentino is his charisma, how vigorous, good and charismatic he’s. in my view, it helped usher in quite a lot of followers who weren’t that eager on bikes. And consequently, so will we, though the general public solely noticed yellow, it gave us a bonus. So it was good to dwell this period, that a part of the championship. For me, he has at all times been an idol, I’ve at all times adopted and studied him, constantly. “
Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi
Andrea Dovizioso even admits to having tried so exhausting to check the type of Valentino Rossi that he generally bought misplaced in it throughout his youthful years. “He is a extremely particular particular person and it was good to see him win quite a lot of titles”, he explains. “I’ve at all times studied Valentino’s work loads… and generally I bought misplaced in it! As a result of if you observe an individual who’s so proficient, in case you attempt to copy him it would not work like for him, you need to discover your individual path. However anyway, it has been fantastic to see his complete profession and I used to be fortunate to expertise this era of the World Championship. I believe he introduced quite a lot of followers on this sport, and we are able to solely be joyful about it. “
A famous person who has grow to be extra consensual
Past the driving force with a surprising file, Rossi was certainly an actual star, with an incomparable aura but in addition an unclassifiable life-style, which Dovizioso noticed from a sure distance. “I have not actually spent quite a lot of time with him as a result of he is a famous person!” he smiles. “I am not like him for certain! He needed to dwell another way, for a lot of causes, and since everybody needs to have him. I believe he created a extremely particular state of affairs. round him in Tavullia and with the Academy, so in case you’re not there it is a bit troublesome [de le fréquenter]. However each time he does a run, the 100ok or no matter, he likes to hang around with everybody. “
Who can now exchange Valentino Rossi by way of charisma? “There’ll by no means be anybody like Valentino”, slice his compatriot. “All enormous champions, in all sports activities, are irreplaceable. It would not work that approach, and that is good. It can positively be an enormous lack from that viewpoint.”
“After which, at the moment’s drivers appear slightly totally different to me, particularly for the reason that championship has modified a bit and everybody has needed to adapt a bit of their habits, in comparison with the articles which are being made and the way in which we communicate “, considers Dovizioso, considerably disillusioned by the codes of the time. “In my view in case you hearken to Valentino over the previous two years he is modified loads, he would not say all the things he thinks. We have all adjusted slightly bit. It is inevitable, in any other case there can be on a regular basis. no extra mess given the way in which communication is managed at the moment. I do not wish to make accusations, however for example that at the moment if we do an article collectively, tomorrow it may be taken up by anybody and minimize as that particular person needs it, and nothing occurs [pour que ça change], so in interviews we do not say something any extra and that is not good. “