MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
Rossi: The Movie
It was American author Mark Twain who said that fact is stranger than fiction. It must be, he said, because fiction is limited by the human imagination, whereas reality is limited by nothing.
The Valentino Rossi story is way too far-out to be fiction. If someone wrote a Rossi-inspired movie (a kind of two-wheeled Days of Thunder) it would get laughed out of the cinemas. What a load of Hollywood nonsense – that kind of stuff never happens in the real world.
A decade ago you could have got away with writing a believable film about Rossi. Indeed during the first era of his pomp – the first half of the last decade – I used to think his life would make a great film, so long as you made up the final scenes, which would reveal him in a dingy London basement nightclub (he was living in London at the time, because he loved the architecture, ahem) and having the time of his life with some wild young Bohemians.
Then he would slide right off the rails, miss a race after forgetting to set his alarm, get sacked and end up blowing his fortune back in London, having hooked up with a rather less salubrious bunch of underworld glitterati. Next would come the early morning epiphany, encouraged by a slight case of bankruptcy, and he would fight his way go back to racing, his rivals sniggering as he walked onto the grid, all baggy-eyed. And once again he would destroy them. Roll credits…
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.