Valentino Rossi: The Doctor

by • August 7, 2016 • FeatureComments (0)11040

‘The Greatest of All-Time’ is the first of five episodes from the Valentino Rossi: The Doctor Series and examines the appeal and reach of arguably the fastest and most popular motorcycle racer in the history of Grand Prix and MotoGP.

What makes an icon? What causes people to utter the words ‘the greatest’ when it comes to the inescapable and irrepressible ‘46’? This first chapter attempts to dive into these questions with a look at Rossi’s career, character and two-decade global impact and legacy.

The second episode ventures to one of the most intense, emotional and important Grands Prix on the MotoGP slate: Mugello. In the spectacular Tuscan hills lies the fast and sweeping racetrack at which Rossi has enjoyed and endured some of the finest and most difficult moments of his career.

The Mugello track has been home to seven consecutive MotoGP wins and is also an annual festival of colour, noise and ‘fandom-mania’ as Rossi stands at the center of the whirlwind for three days.

What is the Grand Premio D’Italia really like for an icon such as The Doctor and the fans that flock to see him? This is Mugello.

‘The Ranch’ is a source of inspiration, motivation and high-speed adrenaline for Rossi. At this private facility just outside his hometown of Tavullia the Italian has prolonged his love of motorcycles, his passion for competition and laid the foundations for an even longer legacy in the sport of MotoGP. We get to take a special trip into the curves and camaraderie in the hills of Tavullia.

Rossi sits at the center of his own whirlwind. Success on the track has been matched with a colorful character, universal appeal in the world of sport and a higher profile than perhaps any other motorcycle racer in the history of Grand Prix. Rather than shying from the spotlight or tiring from the attention the Italian forged a persona; a means to transmit the enjoyment of racing and motorcycling that underpins his longevity and continuing influence.

‘The Doctor’ first appeared in a bevy of yellow, bright letters, a ‘46’ and some cartoon logos. The post-race celebrations, liveries, japes and antics through the course of nine world championship wins helped cement Rossi’s professional image as one of fun as much as competitive ruthlessness. In this episode we look closer at the man and his impact and influence through two decades of MotoGP and some of most memorable moments in modern day Grand Prix.

The final episode is a collection of clips created to prize away some of the layers of a man that everybody sees everybody enjoys but perhaps few really know. ‘The Boss’ carries a double meaning. Rossi is not only the top dog in the premier class of MotoGP and has existed in that sphere since 2000 but he also heads up a hefty business sprawl of merchandise and distribution. ‘VR46’ has a stylish and functional HQ near Tavullia and is the base for an enterprise that also looks after many other interests. We find a busy parallel existence for Rossi and find out how the Italian is creating a legacy and an empire designed to last when the chequered flag has long since dropped.

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