Valentino Rossi recently took time to reflect on his 2009 MotoGP Championship with Yamaha. Rossi discussed his season-long battle with rival and teammate Jorge Lorenzo, his competitive spirit, his ninth MotoGP Championships, and his relationship with Yamaha.
Valentino Rossi Speaks… Season Long Battle with Jorge Lorenzo
"All the battles against Jorge, especially the closer battles like Barcelona, Assen and Sachsenring, were so important in terms of the final result," Rossi started. "If there is one particular key moment, it is Catalunya. It was the highlight of the season I think. Over the next ten years, if I think back to 2009 I will probably remember the last lap and the last corner at Catalunya for sure."
"I knew that Jorge on the Yamaha-Bridgestone package would be very fast. Sometimes he surprised me because he can ride very fast, but I expected him to be a main opponent for the championship. It’s strange because you have the same bike as your rival, so you know his machine, but you don’t know what advantage each of you has."
Valentino Rossi Speaks… Competitive Spirit
"The taste of victory is something special, better than anything else. But the battle, the thrill of the last lap, the excitement of overtaking comes very close."
Valentino Rossi Speaks… Ninth MotoGP Championship
"To be World Champion for a ninth time is unbelievable. When you start you always think step by step. When I arrived in 125cc the first dream was to win the first race; the second dream was to win the championship, and after go to 250cc. You take it one step at a time, but I could never imagine winning nine World Championships."
Valentino Rossi Speaks… Relationship with Yamaha
"In the middle of last year I decided to sign with Yamaha for another two years. This means that I feel ready for two more years. The goal is always the same: try to go faster than this year and try to defend the championship."
"The relationship between me and Yamaha is something very special so to change bike and go to another team, I don’t think it’s a good idea."