MotoGp, Valentino between the last in Italy and the memory of Sic: “I always think so, I also dreamed of it”

MISANO – “It’s been 10 years, so many things have happened. But in reality it is a bit strange when I think of Sic: it seems to me that I have recently greeted him, as if I had greeted him for the last time a couple of months ago ”. Valentino remembers his friend, who passed away on 23 October 2011 in Sepang. “That day in Malaysia was one of the worst of my life. I was locked in my office, with Uccio and Max. I was wondering how I was going to continue. But after that it was even worse: because we all lost a great driver, I also a friend with whom I spent a lot of time. I often think of him, sometimes I dreamed of him: he left me only good memories “. For example, when they began to mark a kind of track in La Biscia, on the land that would later become the Ranch: “The Academy of Tavullia always makes me think of him”. This will be a special race for the Doc.

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The latest in Italy. “In Misano, on the home circuit. Tomorrow will be difficult, a very emotional moment. I wanted to thank my fans with a new helmet ”. Also this one designed by Aldo Drudi: yellow, with a heart and the stands of his fans waving flags with the sun and the moon. “I think it will be the last with special graphics. We haven’t thought of anything yet for the final race in Valencia, but it will still be something surprising ”. Last of the grid, eighth row. “In those wet conditions it takes courage and heart to push, and I didn’t feel very comfortable. Let’s hope the track is dry tomorrow – maybe the sun! -, and to be able to recover some positions “. The brother, Luca Marini, starts from the front row. “A great result, for a rookie: the first year is always complicated, but strong drivers have some flashes. I hope he will need it for the future, this is a season in which he struggled: next season he will be involved with us in a high-level project, he will have a good bike and people who have worked with me. I think he has the speed and the talent to do well ”.

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