Award – Valentino Rossi tries to forget the disappointment of Assen and adds a new prize. The Yamaha rider wins the prize as the character with the most impact for businesses and social networks from Assosport, the Italian sports Press Association. Valentino Rossi has an “enormous role”.
The award was made public during the Sports Marketing Awards at the Samsung Arena in Milan. The survey was designed to find out which athlete has had greater influence in business and social networks. In this poll, Valentino Rossi receives the 65 percent of the vote. The Italian champion wins the award with remarkable difference. Second the swimmer Federica Pellegrini, with 20% of the votes. Followed by the footballer Gianluigi Buffon, the cyclist Vincenzo Nibali and Tania Cagnotto.
Now the Award, then the Title
Valentino Rossi, who is third in the MotoGP World Championship at 42 points behind Marc Marquez, has 4.48 million followers on his Twitter account. His Instagram account has 3.1 million fans. Facebook surpasses 12 million friends. Furthermore, while Jorge Lorenzo is closer, Valentino Rossi has something more this year. Marc Marquez, leader of MotoGp with 145 points in the Championship standing, speaks about the Italian pilot and the 2015 world champion. The Doctor is third, at 102, but according to Marquez must not underestimate him. “Right now, I think that Valentino is the stronger of the two. He has faster under all conditions. He drives even when there is little grip on the runway, or when it rains. Maybe that’s why he made a few more mistakes than last year.” said Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez feared the continuity of Jorge Lorenzo. “Last season he proved that when he is in a good moment manages to win five races in a row.” said the Honda rider. And so, although Rossi is stronger, fears more than Lorenzo. “I’m more concerned Lorenzo, also because it is closer in the standings.”