The Paddock Pass Podcast are joined by a special guest in this week's episode. Veteran journalist, TT winner, and prolific author Mat Oxley takes a look back at Valentino Rossi's long career with regulars Steve English, Adam Wheeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett.
The reason for the conversation is Oxley's encyclopedic new book on Rossi's career, Valentino Rossi: All His Races, covering all of Rossi's motorcycle races, from the European 250cc championship through 125, 250, 500 and MotoGP, as well as his outings at Suzuka. Together with the crew, Oxley discusses what makes Valentino Rossi special, how his outward persona differs (or not) from the Rossi behind closed doors, what made Rossi special, and how he changed the sport.
Oxley touches briefly on interviews he did with the people around Rossi, including legendary and colorful manager Carlo Pernat, crew chief Jeremy Burgess, mechanic Alex Briggs, and 125 rival Lucio Cecchinello. We talk about how Rossi fixed the Yamaha M1 - the book reveals the full details of that - and we debate his best races, and what happens to MotoGP now that Rossi is gone.
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