MotoGP: Rossi feels he could ride 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.


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.”