MotoGP legend reveals the moment Valentino Rossi stunned the F1 world

The Doctor is having a challenging season and hasn’t won a Grand Prix since Assen in June 2017.

But his incredible longevity and stunning overall record means Rossi’s support is stronger than ever.

Harris, who is regarded as the ‘voice of MotoGP’ says the 40-year-old’s impact on the sport cannot be underestimated.

“I don’t think there’s any shadow of a doubt about that and what he has done,” he told the MotoGP podcast.

The Doctor is having a challenging season and hasn’t won a Grand Prix since Assen in June 2017.

But his incredible longevity and stunning overall record means Rossi’s support is stronger than ever.

Harris, who is regarded as the ‘voice of MotoGP’ says the 40-year-old’s impact on the sport cannot be underestimated.

“I don’t think there’s any shadow of a doubt about that and what he has done,” he told the MotoGP podcast.

“MotoGP hero Valentino Rossi wowed Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill”

“And when I came back [to the sport], it was his first year in the 500s.

“I have actually commentated on every one of his 500 or MotoGP™ victories.

“But I want that fact to disappear as I’d love to see him win again! But the impact he’s made on and off the track is amazing.

“He is an amazing motorcycle racer, his charisma off the track… I remember going to Silverstone when they launched the new pit complex, the Wing.

“They’d assembled all the greats of motorsport there, from Jackie Stewart, Murray Walker, Niki Lauda, Damon Hill, you name them, they were all there.

“And then Valentino decided he was going to fly in and I tell you all the people wanted to see him, including the Formula 1 people.

“That had quite an impact on me. I thought this guy has just put this sport somewhere where it’s never, ever been before.

“When I came back in 2000, I’d have never have believed the sport would be where it is now.”

Other MotoGP news you might have missed:

 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda issues under the microscope

 Could F1 stars make shock MotoGP switch?

 MotoGP legend Casey Stoner slams F1 bigwigs

Rossi’s Yamaha M1 is suffering from familiar technical glitches with acceleration and more limited horsepower than his rivals.

The veteran superstar reckons it could be another challenging few days in Catalonia.

“After the complicated weekend in Mugello we head to Barcelona, a track that I really like,” he said.

“Surely it will be another challenging weekend in Spain, because we were not very competitive last time round, and we need to work hard.

“But we will try to do our best to fix the problems and to achieve the best possible result.

“On Monday there will also be a test day and we will try to work as well as possible and make the most of the occasion.”

Source: Read Full Article