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The French GP seen from the inside: The Rossi phenomenon!

Marquez is undeniably dominating the MotoGP season. But Valentino Rossi remains unbeatable in the hearts of the public! A quick tour of the Le Mans circuit during this French GP is enough to realize this…

Everyone is watching Valentino Rossi's performance, at the French GP and elsewhere. Yet if he gives ground to the impertinent Marc Marquez in terms of timing again this season, the Italian driver can boast of being the big winner in terms of popularity, and for a good while to come. A quick tour of the Le Mans circuit two days before the start of the MotoGP race is enough to realize this. Judge for yourself!

Valentino Rossi, the popular driver par excellence

The Italian has managed to bring together a really wide audience, from MotoGP experts to children attending their first motorcycle race. Among the thousands present here, we met Stéphane (photo above), a fan from the start. The northerner has been following Valentino since he started racing in 125. “ I've been coming to the French GP for 5 years hoping to meet him. It’s already happened, and I even had the honor of being photographed with him! I really hope I can renew this dream!“, he explains with excitement. For the 2014 French GP , he even had his hair dyed yellow, perhaps to attract the Doctor's attention!

Stéphane is not the only one monitoring the pilot's movements. Around the Motorhome Yamaha, there are dozens of them standing around in the hope of seeing him. Each door opening is enough to capture all eyes. Some of them are waiting for a wink, a greeting, a little word. Others are more ambitious, like this fan who came with his aGV Corsa Tartaruga helmet with a view to having it autographed.

A few details betray the presence of Valentino Rossi. An example: a Yamaha Aerox 50 scooter stamped 46 parked somewhere in the paddock ? Valentino is certainly not far away!

While traveling, we sometimes come across some accessories belonging to the multiple World Champion . – it must be said that we can spot them from afar! So it is with this suit that a member of the team carried shortly after the first free practice session, Friday morning.

An audience that displays its passion

A sign of Valentino Rossi's popularity, a significant part of the public displays the pilot's logo loud and clear, and official stores to purchase VR|46-badged sportswear are springing up like mushrooms. It must be said that Vale takes care of his audience: for his best fans, he has a reserved platform!

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