Article Title: Inside The Mind of a Moto Grand Prix Rider, Valentino Rossi (from ‘Endless Possibilities, New Horizons’)
Submitted by: Craig Lock
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Inside The Mind of a Moto Grand Prix Rider, Valentino Rossi (from ‘Endless Possibilities, New Horizons’)


Submitter’s Note:

Craig is currently “working” on a new manuscript ‘INSIDE THE MIND OF A GRAND PRIX CHAMPION’, which forms part of true and inspirational stories of ‘Endless Possibilities: Let the Journey Begin’.
Quotations in this article are sourced from ‘What If I’d Never Tried It’ (the autobiography of Valentino Rossi, Published by Arrow Books, 2006)
What does it take to get to the very top…in sport and in life?

Firstly, the “C’s”:

# Challenge: The challenge: to test yourself from a young age... to the absolute limits

# Concentration and Focus
# Clarity of mind: “Rossi knows exactly what he’s doing. He thinks and uses his

“Let me tell you a secret. Every rider is scared at the start of every race. You need to know how to use fear. You have to know your limits and those of your
bike. Because the guy who wins in this sport is rarely the bravest. It’s usually the one who knows his limits, who can judge what is possible and what is
impossible. Knowing your limits is having a sense of how far you can push yourself in relation to the equipment you have.”

# Consistency and fluency in their styles of racing.

“Let the bike (or car) run out of the corners without sudden and jerky movements at the controls, it’s a flowing style at great speeds“

- “dreamer” craig

Strength and Stamina

Supreme fitness, both physical and mental in the form of strength, stamina, exceptional reaction times, concentration are all pre-requisites for a top rider (and F1 driver).
Moto GP riders and racing drivers have something different in the brain, because they have to be quick, clever, able to react instantly and to make split-second decisions. The driver is different from other athletes in that he has the capacity to take control of many things and make decisions in the precise time.
# Hard work has to be put in to achieve ultimate success, (nio matter how talented the person may be).

“Hard work beats talent that doesn’t work hard.” :

# Champions have a sense of mission (“apostolic”), a unique destiny: a continual quest for self improvement, perfection of technique. Eg.
“My riding style matured in 1998.” – Valentino Rossi, champion motor-cycle racer (and perhaps the greatest rider of them all)

# Vision

# Passion: “You feel you have a passion for riding a racing bike…from deep within. Some people have it, some people don’t.”

Persistence: Champions all have huge doses of Persistence:
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs
to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again,
because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at
the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place
shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt
(“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910)

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
- basketballer, Michael Jordan

# TALENT and most importantly, FAITH (absolute) in your “God-given” abilities

“Sometimes everything just clicks and you go a higher plane in racing. It’s
temporary, I’m already at my limit, or at least, I’m where my limit should be
and yet, though it’s hard to explain, I can actually go beyond my own limits,
and when this happens, I can overtake dozens of people in just a few laps, close
a gap, or impose a pace which would normally appear unthinkable…You have the
impression that everything is happening in slow motion, that it’s all far slower
than it really is. “

# The WILL TO WIN to win: “I always try very hard.”

And finally,

“At the highest level, this sport, riding a racing bike, is a form of art, like playing the piano, composing a song, writing a poem, painting a
picture. Or playing football like Ronaldo or Zidane.”

from ‘What If I’d Never Tried It’ (the autobiography of Valentino Rossi,
Published by Arrow Books, 2006)

* While each of these elements above need to be present (in various dosages in drivers), these character traits are all inter-related. So ALL the ‘ingredients’
have to work in true harmony to reach the very top and so cultivate a true champion.

And each ONE of us can all learn from these supreme champion riders, like Valentino Rossi.

If YOU set your heart on it, YOU too can became a champion…and reach NEW
HORIZONS in your own life

Reach for the stars (because you might just reach them) and discover the champion of life in YOU.

Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer + motor-cycle racing fanatic”)

“Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – an inner flame that burns brightly…with purpose, desire and
passion. True champions live the dream, the vision of who and what they can one day become…. even a long time before it happens.”
- craig

“Our talents are our gifts from God… but what we do with our talents are our
gifts TO God.”
“Only when you’ve been in the deepest valley can a person know what it’s like to
stand on the highest peak.”
- inspiring words from Richard Nixon, former United States President

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their
fullest potentials…and so become ‘ever more champions of life’.”


“Success is doing the best you can, in as many ways as you can.
It is being just and honest and true – not in a few things,
but in everything you do.

Always look ahead and never look back,
believe you can make all your dreams come true.
Always believe in the best you can be
and have faith in the things that you do.

Forget about the mistakes you’ve made yesterday,
the lessons you learn will prove valuable for today…
Never give up and think that you’re through…
for there’s always tomorrow and a chance to begin brand new.

It is in dreaming the greatest dreams
and seeking the highest goals…
that we build the brightest tomorrows.

There is no limit to the goals you can attain,
or the success you can achieve…
your possibilities are as endless as your dreams.

Whatever it is that you seek in life,
whatever your dreams and what you hope to achieve,
whatever you try to reach – whatever you plan…
can all be yours – if you only believe you can!”
- Larry S. Chengges

“Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.”

- Langston Hughes


For dearest dad and 'pal', another 'champion' - see the dream never died... it's just taken another course!

"Sometimes you have to give up the life you had planned... in order to live the life you were meant to live."

“Aim at the stars, because you might even reach them.”

Author's Bio: 

About the submitter:
Craig believes in helping others to find their passions and gifts… through encouraging people to reach out for, then accomplish their “wildest” dreams. He
truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish their dreams, even ‘Endless Possibilities’ in life with enough FAITH

Craig is presently working on his latest novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’, based on some true and inspiring stories of transformation… of the indomitable, the
unquenchable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. He is also currently "working" on a new manuscript 'INSIDE THE MIND OF A GRAND PRIX CHAMPION',

which forms part of true and inspirational stories of 'Endless Possibilities, Far and Unlimited Horizons: Let the Journey Begin' .

* Also a novel he’s 'm currently writing, called 'STIRLING', a "rewarding tale of faith, hope and especially love". “Faction”, but perhaps even a true story… or stories!!!!

Obsessive writing...or WHAT!

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at +

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their
fullest potentials…and so become ‘ever more champions of life’.”