Valentino Rossi is an Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name – seven of which are in the premier class... (wikipedia)
I never race for records. The motivation to try to beat the record is not enough to continue. You have to enjoy it.
Riding a race bike is an art - a thing that you do because you feel something inside.
Maybe the bike is more dangerous, but the passion for the car for me is second to the bike.
The most important thing is to have a good relationship with the bike... you have to understand what she wants. I think of a motorcycle as a woman, and I know that sounds silly, but it's true.
To be a great motorbike racer, the most important thing is passion for the bike.
I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.
Fortunately during my career I have won more or less everything, so I need to enjoy it to have the right motivation.
My normal life is like being on holiday.
Once the races begin it's more difficult and there is never that much time for testing.
I would have probably stolen cars - it would have given me the same adrenaline rush as racing.