Valentino Rossi1979-02-16 (age 40)
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Valentino Rossi says he "suffered very much" on the straights in the 2019 French Grand Prix at Le Mans, with his Yamaha lacking top speed compared to rival bikes.
Valentino Rossi says Fabio Quartararo's star showing during MotoGP's Jerez weekend was down to the rider, stating that Quartararo “made the difference” against his fellow Yamahas.
MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi remains convinced that the 2019 Yamaha bike is more competitive than last year's version, despite having been less competitive at Jerez than hoped.
Valentino Rossi says the factory MotoGP Yamaha he could only qualify 13th at Jerez and the Petronas versions Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli put on first and second are "very similar".
MotoGP championship leader Andrea Dovizioso believes rivals Alex Rins and Valentino Rossi can remain in the MotoGP title hunt “until the end” in 2019.
Andrea Dovizioso says MotoGP rival Valentino Rossi “changed his mentality” in his time in the premier class, and believes the Yamaha rider would've “destroyed himself” otherwise.
Valentino Rossi concedes the only reason the MotoGP title fight is so finely poised at the moment is because Marc Marquez crashed out of a commanding lead last weekend at Austin.
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Valentino Rossi and Jack Miller both acknowledge MotoGP's newest race winner Alex Rins as a threat for the title this year after the Suzuki rider's breakthrough success at Austin.
A magnanimous Valentino Rossi admits he was beaten fair and square by Suzuki’s new race winner Alex Rins in the closing stages of the Austin MotoGP race.
MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi says he is pushing the factory Yamaha team to develop a winglet similar to that used by Ducati this year, as part of improving its in-season development programme.
Leading MotoGP riders have said that Cal Crutchlow's controversial jump-start penalty in Argentina was justified according to the rules, but Valentino Rossi admitted that it was "very strict".
An overjoyed Valentino Rossi said he was riding "like when I was young" in MotoGP's Argentine Grand Prix, in which he stole second from Andrea Dovizioso on the last lap.
Valentino Rossi reckons that Yamaha's MotoGP bike is "more or less" in the same position it was last year, despite an impressive recovery in the Qatar Grand Prix by the Italian.
Valentino Rossi says there is very little chance of making progress from his disappointing 14th on grid for the MotoGP season opening Qatar Grand Prix.
Johann Zarco believes rookie Fabio Quartararo can emulate his own MotoGP debut star showing from two years ago this weekend in Qatar.