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As you’re no doubt aware, Valentino Rossi clinched the 2005 MotoGP title two weekends ago in Sepang, Malaysia, with four rounds still remaining in the season, then backed it up this past weekend with a victory at Qatar. Private interviews with The Doctor are rare, but our friend Enrico Borghi, MotoGP reporter for the Italian weekly Moto Sprint, hooked us up with this one, which we’ve translated into English.
By Enrico Borghi

RRX: It’s your seventh title, the fifth-straight in the premier class, and your second with Yamaha in just two years. What are you feeling?
Valentino Rossi: It was something completely different with respect to 2004, but it’s beautiful just the same. The first time, it’s a dream that becomes a reality, and after that, it’s different. But every championship has its story and is something unique. It’s fantastic.

What do the championships have in common?
When you win a title, you arrive at a moment in which you realize the payoff of the work that was performed over the course of the season. That’s where you understand how well you’ve done. With your team, you savor the taste that you get from being the best in the world.

It’s true.
But the more you go forward, the more the pressure increases. In the winter of 2004, we were able to surprise everyone, whereas this winter we had everyone on top of us: everyone was prepared to beat us. We started in a different way, with a different pressure. But we did well—all of us.

Now there are seven.
It’s starting to get to a nice number. And plus, it’s five-straight—not too bad.

You’ve equaled Mick Doohan. How do you think he’ll feel about that?
We’ve always had the good relationship that we still have now. Mick is also a little bit of a fan of mine. With the passing of the years, he has changed a bit in how he acts with me: at first, he didn’t even really consider my titles in 125 and 250, because for him, those aren’t world championships. Now he’s different. Mick is nice to me, and also, I think he knows that the one who has equaled him deserves it.

How were you and your team able to win this title?
We were very strong right from the start—in particular, even when there were problems with the bike. That’s when we demonstrated our strength, our winning mentality, and also our determination and ability in at least being able to prepare the bike for that race, no matter what.

What was the most difficult moment?
The Portuguese Grand Prix, because at half race, we were already 12 seconds down. But the practice and qualifying sessions at the Chinese GP were another difficult moment. Then, we were truly having difficulties: we couldn’t understand why we weren’t able to make our bike go. But in the warm-up, something changed: we found a solution that enabled us to win the race. And I said to myself, “If it works well in the wet, maybe it will also work well in the dry.” And it did.

That was the key?
It was in China and also in France: we made another step forward, and we were ready for the race. At Le Mans, we understood that we had gotten the bike ready.

What was the biggest obstacle?
The lack of the right balance. To solve the problem of the 2004 M1, which was a lack of stability in the rear end, we ended up losing proper balance; the 2005 lost a little grip in the front. But, calmly, we were able to fix everything.

So even if it didn’t seem like it, there really were some problems.
Yes—in the beginning, when we didn’t understand why this bike wasn’t going. But when we solved all the problems, the M1 really started to fly. We always set it up well, at every track. Yamaha really did a great job—from the manager to the engineers, not even speaking about my team. Yamaha really adopted a winning attitude; they have the same desire to win that I have. In fact, they all gave me the motivation to continue riding at the highest level, for the whole season.

What kind of bike is the M1 now?
After two years of work, I think that the Yamaha is at the same level as the Honda. And as the Ducati. Now we’re always in the game, we can always battle without problems. It was a hard job, but a beautiful one. We did it. Now the M1 is a winning bike.

Do you think that at Jerez, with that aggressive pass on Sete Gibernau, you were able to end the game just as it was starting?
It was definitely significant, but it wasn’t because of that pass that Gibernau started going slower. In my opinion, the most significant race was in France: Gibernau believed he could beat me, and he tried all the way to the final corner, but he wasn’t able to do it.

Valentino Rossi was too strong?
The fact is that when my bike is prepared and I can ride like I want to, no one can beat me.

So did you even really have an adversary this year?
Let’s see [thinks for a moment]: Gibernau, in the winter tests…
 

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Gotta respect that dude . . . . . true Champion's attitude ! ! ! . . . .
 
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Dude, I keep telling you guys those aren't his words. So, all of a sudden he speaks in complete sentences?

Come on!
 

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the translation was edited but who cares the Doctor is 7 time world champion
no need to hear him talk his actions on his bike is an international language
thanks again echoes
 

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It says in the beginning it was translated from Italian to English.

Nemesis said:
Dude, I keep telling you guys those aren't his words. So, all of a sudden he speaks in complete sentences?

Come on!
 

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translation can never be 100% accurate no matter how technical you can get
 

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So I shouldnt have gotten all those Rossi quotes tattoo'd on my ass from this huh? ;)
 
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