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GP Week : Issue 56
The luck of theRossis You make your own luck, goes the racing saying. Rossi has clearly been working overtime. All through his career. As well as escaping serious injury (amazingly in 13 years he has yet to miss a single GP) Valentino has landed bright side up over and over again. When he crashes, he doesn’t just walk away. Often as not, he jumps back on the bike and rides away. Twice this year Valentino has ridden away from a crash – although at Le Mans he did need to pit for an undamaged bike. “Today the bike didn’t really crash. Just fell over and slid. The handlebar was a little bit bent was the only problem,” he explained. “I could have kissed it.” One advantage was falling at slow speed. But Lorenzo was not going that much faster when he hit the deck. His bike was unrideable. Typical. Anyway, Rossi doesn’t choose when and where to crash: “I race to win. This puts me at more risk, but for this approach I won 101 races. If I had decided today to finish second for the points then maybe I’d have 30 races less,” he said. There is a favourite example from Brno a few years ago. There was a plague of wasps. Many riders got stung, some quite badly. One of them, Loris Capirossi, needed life-saving treatment because he was suffering from anaphylactic shock. Rossi also got a wasp in his helmet. Did it sting him? Of course not. He opened his visor, and it flew away. The luck of the Rossis. 3