Champions make history, champions make history. If the characteristic of the latter is to have an impact even outside their area of interest, then Valentino Rossi is without a doubt a champion. He has not limited himself to winning nine world championship titles, but has kept millions and millions of spectators glued to the television, in what can be defined as the golden age of MotoGP at the level of popular following in Italy. A particularly favorable situation, because in the early 2000s Rossi and Ferrari dominated in their respective fields, and both Formula 1 and MotoGP were punctually clear. In short, the interest in motorsport was skyrocketing and the Doctor became in effect a social phenomenon, to the point of making a simple number – 46 – a trademark.
“It is difficult to achieve the popularity and the feelings of empathy, of passion, that I had. They are different, tough days. I was very lucky: strong, winning and famous in beautiful and very funny years. I think of the world victories in 2001 and 2004, when the MotoGP races were clear and officially there were eight million people in front of the TV but in reality there were many more. Friends sent me photos of the Rimini beach with hundreds of people in front of a single TV“, These are the words of Doctor a Friday de the Republic. “There is something really special about my career, even more than my results which – come on, let’s face it – have been excellent. There is that I amused a lot of people. Every Sunday afternoon, for a couple of hours, millions of people have disconnected with their problems, uncertainties, pains. And we rejoiced together: my successes, the jokes at the end of the race. Does that seem little to you? It is the thing that makes me most proud, which makes me feel better: I understand it more and more now with the passing of time and there are still those who come to thank me and are moved. I am also moved, now that I am no longer just a pilot but a man. I don’t know why: the way of running, the results, the laughter. But there is something more: people have found themselves in me perhaps because I am a normal person“.
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