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Rossi reveals his mum tried to encourage him towards F1

Valentino Rossi was 'very close' to joining the F1 grid, even his mum wanted him to do it, but he ultimately decided to stay on two wheels. Last year Rossi called time on his MotoGP career after 26 years. The Italian walked away with nine World Championships, 115 victories and 235 podiums to his name. However, his career almost ended more than a decade earlier when Ferrari and Formula 1 came knocking. 'That was a very big moment of my life,' he told ‘In Depth With Graham Bensinger'. 'Stefano Domenicali called me and said why don't you try our car, we have a track in Fiorano – it is interesting, fast and has a hairpin. 'I said okay and we organised it. 'We arrived in secret the...
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