After watching the MotoGP from Qatar, it’s apparent why Valentino Rossi is the champion again, he’s simply a competitor at all times in every race no matter what. Some might have expected him to relax and lay back, after all, the title is his but Rossi doesn’t lay back and relax, it’s not in his genes. Watching him nose up on Gibernau and put on the pressure until Gibernau cracked and ran off into the gravel is classic Rossi. Watching the battle between Rossi and Melandri was great, Melandi did a tremendous job and gave Rossi all he could but Rossi just consistently ran fast and braked incredibly late until he finally passed for the win.
Rossi doesn’t lay back because he reached a goal, he always has another goal, another reason to win. This time he said he had something to prove because he crashed last year at Qatar. I bet he would have had another reason if he hadn’t crashed. He’s a pure competitor. Next year,expect more of the same. If he does go to Ferrari after that, expect the same competitive spirit to carry over into F1. It’s amazing to watch.