9 times Grand Prix champion (as of 2014) Valentino Rossi is well-known to people who follow MotoGP or motorsports in general. For those who are “I-only-watch-cricket” fans, let’s say, he is the Sachin Tendulkar of motorcycle racing and we ain’t even exaggerating.
Born in Italy, this 36 years old is still giving tough times to his competing riders in racing, who are much younger than him. One of the highest paid sports persons in the world, Valentino Rossi has a global fan following. But there is something that not every Rossi fan knows.
If you have ever wondered why he sits down beside his bike before every race of his life, Rossi has disclosed the secret himself.
This act of Valentino has been labelled as “Rossi Ritual”. There are hundreds of photos and videos on the internet but very less has been written about this signature pose of the legend.
While being interviewed by MotoGP.com earlier, Valentino Rossi said this in his famous Italian accent:
“I hold the footpeg.
At the beginning of my career as something for to do the stretching before go on the bike to put the leather in the right position but now is more something for keep the concentration & something for superstitious.”
He also revealed that he always puts one boot on before the other, one glove on before the other, and he always gets on his bike the same way. He also gets off the bike, in the same way, swinging his right leg over the front of the bike.
Image: Flickr.com / Carlos Zangheri
Watch this racing star doing his thing, below in this video.
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