How Rossi taught himself new tricks

How Rossi taught himself new tricks

Valentino Rossi's current age-defying form isn't just an extension of his 2015 title bid, he's addressed last year's weaknesses and got even better again. MITCHELL ADAM explains how

When Valentino Rossi returned to Yamaha at the end of 2012, he had endured two winless seasons on a difficult-to-master Ducati. His MotoGP stock was at its lowest. He was also due to turn 34 before his next race. Only 16 riders had ever won a grand prix beyond that age, and only two a title.

He returned to a garage in which he had once won four titles in six years, but that now featured Jorge Lorenzo. A rider eight years his junior, who had beaten Rossi to the 2010 title - admittedly Rossi did miss a couple of races through injury - then won it again in '12 in his absence.

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