With the completion of the 2021 Grand Prix world championship season, The Doctor’s adventure in navigating the most prestigious motorcycle racing for 26 years has ended, which has produced nine world titles.
Not only known for his impressive career, Rossi is practically identical to being involved in fierce rivalries with figures, such as Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez.
When asked by Motorsport.com who his favorite rival was, Rossi said: “Competition in all sports at the top level, maybe especially in MotoGP, is something you don’t like.
“But it’s fantastic to give your maximum and to cross your limits and find something inside that you didn’t know you had.
“I had a big and great competition in my career, and I really enjoyed it, especially the first part because I won more.
“The second half I lost more, but I enjoyed it anyway. I want to say (my favourite) with Biaggi, because those are two Italians. Also, in Italy it is a big movement around it.
“But also with Stoner, Lorenzo, in the end with Marquez, and with everyone in the last years I always enjoyed.
“It’s something that once you remember it in a positive way, it’s something special.”
Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team beat Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team and Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
Photo by: Martin Heath / Motorsport Images
During the Algarve Grand Prix weekend, Stoner expressed his appreciation for what he learned against Rossi and called it an extraordinary battle they had.
Commenting when racing with toner, Rossi said the man from Australia was one of the wildest racers ever in MotoGP.
“I rode with Casey throughout his career in MotoGP, because he wasn’t very long. He came in 2006 and retired in 2012,” he said.
“It’s not a long time, but he’s shown his incredible natural talent and since his first year with Honda he’s always been very, very fast.
“So, I am very happy to fight with him because he is one of the fastest and wildest MotoGP riders in history.”