Why Rossi is still the man to beat

Why Rossi is still the man to beat

Even after eight motorcycle racing world titles, Valentino Rossi is still the man to beat in MotoGP. Our correspondent Toby Moody explains why the Italian remains the best in the business

The plate on the front of Valentino Rossi's bike has never carried the number one on it even though he's an eight time world champion. The irony of this is of course that there are few individuals in sport that are more worthy of carrying such an accolade as the Italian.

The utter domination he inflicted on MotoGP last year was something to behold when you look back on it. Sixteen podiums from 18 races. Wet or dry, crashing on the first lap or not (as he did at Assen), he scored in every race.

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