In a pair of carefully-timed press releases, Ducati announced it will part ways with MotoGP star Valentino Rossi at the end of the season and Yamaha announced it has signed Rossi to a two-year contract. The arrangement had been in the works for some time now and the two manufacturers had reportedly wanted to wait […]
Rossi’s Ranch: Valentino’s Personal Playground
What does Valentino Rossi do when he’s not riding his Yamaha M1 around the best racetracks in the world? He relaxes at home in Tavullia, Italy, and rides motorcycles around his newly developed dirt track dubbed, “Rossi’s Ranch.”
“It’s like a dream from when you’re a child,” says Rossi. “You hope at one moment you can buy your own racetrack.” It’s safe to say Rossi is financially stable enough at this moment in time to where he can make his childhood dream a reality.
He found the plot of land three years ago near his childhood home, and was hand’s-on in designing the layout of each turn. The surface itself is concrete based, covered in loose dirt and gravel, creating a low-grip surface that’s ideal for training, but even better for sliding. Of course, what’s the fun in sliding around on motorcycles by yourself? “Coming here alone? Never.” Rossi says. “I always ride with friends.”
And this time he’s come with two very special friends, courtesy of Dainese, Rossi’s long-time personal sponsor: Two-time supermoto world champion Thomas Chareyre and Isle of Man TT competitor, and fan favorite, Guy Martin.
Watch the video below as the three stars slide around, all while trying to pass each other into the next bend. It’s especially interesting to hear Martin admitting (granted, it’s hard to understand him) he has little dirt experience, having been brought up on the roads. Still, it looks like he adapts to the ranch quite well, mixing it up with the rest of the guys.
Rossi’s Ranch looks like a barrel of laughs. Now who do we need to talk to for an invite?