It is no secret to anybody that Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner don’t get on, I would even go as far as to say they actively dislike each other, but nobody has really known why.
From the Corkscrew battle, to the Jerez 2011 “your ambition outweighs your talent” moment, there has always been bad blood between the two, and speaking to Dainese’s in house magazine ‘Legends’ Rossi has explained why he think that may be.
“Stoner began to hate me because he lost the battle of Laguna in 2008. Since then, it seemed that he spoke always of the past, of that race, because he was not man enough understand that, that time, I had won. ”
The incident and the race which Valentino is referring to if of course the 2008 Laguna Seca Grand Prix which Valentino came out of a epic battle between the two.
Whilst Stoner will disagree, and cite a lack of respect and credit for what he was achieving on the Ducati, something he will still argue he hasn’t got in spite of Rossi’s failures, this is what the Doctor thinks of it.
The magazine produced has a good interview with the 9-times World Champion and he explains how he still gets nervous before races even with over 100 Grand Prix wins under his belt.
“The feeling I get is excatly the same as the one I have before my very first Grand Prix. There’s a lot of adrenaline but it’s a good feeling. After the race starts, you are in another dimension. You get this high level of concentration and do what you have to do. Everything becomes clear.”
The Doctor also talks about winning, and how it is like a drug to him.
“The taste of victory keeps me glued to these bikes. It’s like a drug, different from everything else. Unfortunately it doesn’t last long: three or four hours. The next day, you want more . It never ends. ”
The Doctor of course next season heads back to Yamaha and back to his M1, maybe he will get the drug back.