Up until the San Marino Grand Prix, Valentino Rossi had scored only one race win from his previous 68 starts. It has been a disappointing dry spell, but it has made those moments of success all the more sweet. Few of them will sweeter than his win at Misano last Sunday. Not only did Rossi win the race after an exciting battle for the lead, but he did so in front of a massive home crowd. Rossi will take extra delight in beating Marc Marquez who is on top form in 2014 and is undoubtedly the sport’s new superstar. This was a day for the old guard.
He took a rare victory, at home, by fighting hard against a younger version of himself. It was something pretty special.