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Nick Harris: Valentino Rossi was a once in a generation rider

Thursday, 4 November 2021

The Doctor has enjoyed a stellar career.

The official Australian Grand Prix podcast In the Fast Lane has released its latest episode, featuring veteran MotoGP™ commentator Nick Harris.

With Valentino Rossi's 26-year world championship career closing in on the finish line this month, Harris joined In the Fast Lane co-hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to remember the key moments in "The Doctor's" career, the impact he's had on the world championship, and the legacy he'll leave after he departs the Grand Prix grid.


Harris recalls Valentino Rossi’s debut, saying the Italian made an immediate impact.

“He lifted a sport to somewhere it never dreamt of being before and that’s what he did, and I think what’s happening now he’s retired everything that is surrounding his retirement just shows what a massive, massive influence he was,” said Harris.

Rossi has enjoyed a stellar career, however, Harris admits the last MotoGP™ season has been tough on The Doctor.

“I find it a little bit sad towards to the end to see him struggle… I think he probably was perhaps two years too long, certainly one year too long,” said Harris.

Despite that, the voice of MotoGP™ says Rossi’s legacy will certainly outlast his recent results.

“No, I don’t think it will affect people’s memories of him in any way at all. I think that will be soon forgotten,” he continued.

The podcast is available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts platforms.

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