35-year-old MotoGPWorld Champion Valentino Rossi has stated he believes he could ride at the elite level of motorcycle racing until he is 40.
Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi of Italy pulls a wheelie after the Moto GP qualifying session of the Grand Prix of Germany at the Sachsenring Circuit on July 12, 2014.
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In an exclusive interview with Telecinco’s Dennis Noyes, carried by Cycleworld, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi has stated he believes he could ride at the elite level of motorcycle racing until he is 40.
The 35-year-old Italian recently signed a new Movistar Yamaha MotoGP contract to ride with the team until at least the end of 2016. Rossi told Noyes, “10 years ago, I had to demonstrate more and I was more hungry and especially more under pressure. Now I have already demonstrated what I want to demonstrate to everybody, and I am a bit more relaxed. But in this sport to be very relaxed is not good. I have to be a bit angry and show that I can stay in front.”
Rossi also stated, “Marc Marquez has made another step and it is very difficult, but being happy and having fun is important. I think that, for the body, to ride the bike on the limit, I think that until 40 you can continue.”