Valentino Rossi will usually hang around after a MotoGP press conference so he can be asked the same question over and over, on or off the record, by the global press. After twenty or more years of the racing life, if Rossi decided, one day, to start blowing off press conferences, no one would blame him. The questions he has to consider can be pretty tedious and at times are embarrassingly cringe-worthy.
Yesterday, Rossi stood for the pre-race photograph, hung around for a minute, then unexpectedly blazed through the assembled press nerds for the back of IMS’ press conference hall. He wasn’t late for a scooter ride back to his motorhome, Rossi made his way through the crowd and found journalist Dennis Noyes, who he had seen from the podium.
Ex-racer Noyes’ son, Kenny, was injured in a CEV Superbike race at Aragon in early July.
“Sorry, excuse me,” Rossi said to the men standing by and talking to Noyes after the press conference. He put his head next to Noyes and asked him how his son was, and what the current situation is and status.
The pair spoke for several minutes, Rossi’s eyes locked with Noyes.
Noyes suggested that his son has been, or will be, moved to a private care facility and they are preparing to help him on the long road back. Doctors suggest a long, yet full, recovery.
“Okay, you need anything you call me first, yes?” Rossi said to Noyes before leaving.