MotoGP legends collide: When Rossi met Surtees

MotoGP legends collide: When Rossi met Surtees

Valentino Rossi has few superiors - but John Surtees is among them. When the two met 14 years ago, sparks flew

Back in 2003, F1 Racing arranged a rather special get-together between two motorsport legends. John Surtees was an established 'great', thanks to his unique achievement of becoming world champion on two and four wheels. Valentino Rossi, then very much The Man in MotoGP, was being spoken of as a possible future star of Formula 1.

Fate carried Rossi away from single-seaters, despite his test for Ferrari in 2006, but when these two met, there seemed every chance that he might become Surtees' spiritual successor.

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