Rossi: IOM TT is too dangerous

The Doctor won't be competing on the island any time soon

Posted: 30 January 2013
by Visordown News

Rossi dishing out the gongs in 2009

SEVEN-TIME MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has expressed the view that the Isle of Man TT is too dangerous. 

Rossi made the comments in an in-depth interview with Top Gear magazine, in which he told the interviewer that his biggest fear is being injured. He said: 'I did a lap of the Isle of Man, and I understand why people love this because it’s f**king awesome – it’s unbelievable, great. But, unfortunately, it’s too dangerous. Sometimes, riders are crazy.'

'The Isle of Man is very difficult. If you make a mistake, maybe it’s the last mistake.'  

His comments will likely disappoint those who have always secretly wondered how Vale would fare on the 38-mile course. 

Rossi visited the island in 2009, where he handed out awards after the TT Superbike race, won by John McGuiness - he also went out for a blast on a Yamaha R1 alongside legendary Italian racer Giacomo Agostini.

The full interview with Valentino Rossi is avaliable in the latest issue of Top Gear magazine, on sale now.


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Too dangerous for you, Vale, my old mate. But for some, 200mph+ in the relative safety of a GP circuit just isn't close enough to the edge...

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 13:51

He'd have been fine on a Panigale. Oh, hang on...

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 14:00

Horses for courses, it's not for him. Fair enough, Whitham gave it up.

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 15:09

he is one of the greatest short circuit riders of all time, this is a separate discipline and he is not keen - cant say fairer.

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 15:24

Speaks volumes about why his commitment was lacking on the Ducati and why development stagnated with him. He was scared to push it, which most likely stemmed from his leg breaking incident on the Yamaha and then a transition to a bike that had odd or even ill mannered handling.

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 15:26

McGuiness should be the one 'dishing out the gongs' at the MotoGp podium..

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 15:46

this prove's it TT rider's have bigger Balls than Rossi knew it

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 17:12

What too dangerous ? arent you meant to be the goat ? ago and hailwood and read to name a few were the world champions,on any bike on any circuit ! hailwood came back from retirement and won on a suzuki rg 500 gp bike and a ducati v twin.now that is the goat.Rossi is a one trick pony (short circuits) and even then only on the top bike with the best tyres,hardly the greatest of all time.The truth is he was the best when his opposition was gibernow and biaggi who had a poor bike when stoner and lorenzo came along it was curtains for him to the point where he demanded yamaha remove lorenzo .spoilt little prat.goat my arse.

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 17:48

I think it's humble of him to say he finds it too dangerous, it just shines light on the TT racer that truly put their lives on the line each time (even if, let's face it, it's safer to be a pastry cook then a GP racer). Whatever you say, Rossi is still a great rider and I dont think many of those posting bad comments have the skills and balls to go faster then him on a circuit. Always easy to judge from your couch while eating chips.

The TT race alone has killed over 200 people. I think that is enough for one to say it's too dangerous. You can love living on the edge, while still putting chances on your side to have a long life. I'm just surprised not more are killed at the TT...it's just unreal the average speed they are doing...

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 19:16

it is crazy fast but surly its all relativity. what your brains adapted to and how you ride. each racer to their own. we all know our limits and what we can push further maybe the tt racers are a little more ahead of all of us.

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 21:50


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What has Rossi ever done other than take pride in his accomplishments and be humble and doubtful when he has failed. He even mocks himself; rememeber the donkey ears. If he says IOM is dangerous, well it is and if he says it is too much for him so be it. When McGuiness starts disrespecting Rossi as a rider then I might listen. This GOAT thing is idiotic, something for a bunch of tossers who sit around worrying about their balls, good grief! Goat is given, not claimed, certainly not by Rossi. Only Muhammad Ali claimed greatest status, so fight with him. Rossi has not won trials, or Dakar, the Iditarod, or DeathRace 2000. What do you want to see? Rossi in flames strung acoss his bike as crosses the finish line ahead of aliens equipped with warp drive and light sabres riding bikes that spew flaming martian waste products while hurling insults about the manliness of earthmen and their ugly mothers? What a bunch of wankers, probably Stoner fans.

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 23:06

@bobby good
Love the comment!

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 05:00

@kneedown elbow down ive crashed.. Did you even follow MotoGP in the last decade!! Yup, I didn't think so.

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 09:03

Visordown .... can you put a week together without an article with Mr. Rossi's comment? .... I bet you cannot, eh?

You really think your readers are interested in the never ending soap opera?

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 12:26

The comments on said articles would indicate that people ARE interested...wouldn't you say?

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 12:50

Rossi's a great rider there's no doubt but he's being honest when he say's the TT is too much of a risk for him. It is for him and 99.9% of riders who lack the high speed concentration, physical and mental fitness and the balls to ride it. All respect to John Mcguiness and the other riders who, I think, have almost superhuman powers to be able to lap the course at the speeds they do, it frightens me just to watch them and I love my bikes and riding fast.

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 12:50

Lets not get it twisted. E.g. I grew up playing football on grass & I'm pretty good. Doesn't mean I'll be a great beach footballer. Same game but some different skills needed. I can still like it though, but leave my powder dry for the grass game. Why's this different from what Rossi is saying? Perhaps only in the element of risk making it "dangerous". So perhaps a few different skills are needed to compete at the highest level without killing yourself. McGuiness, Farquhar, Martin et al have been Road Riding since forever. Its second nature. They've developed all the little skills to help them survive. Not saying it can't be done (GP & TT's), but Hailwood's time was a different era. And its like that perennial argument "Who is the best footballer ever?" There is no difinitve answer as its so difficult to compare eras. The Ante has been upped, the bike's are faster, competition is closer, and the danger has increased with the speed despite continuously evolving safety measures. Only way it will become less so is to slow the TT down ("Sacrilege! Never!"). But people still ride it. So its not like he's saying don't ride the TT, but because he knows he doesn't have the skill set to be the best at it without putting his life more at risk than in GP he doesn't want to race it. Nothing wrong with that.

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 13:44

Maybe if the first prize for the senior was £10,000,000 we'd get the top guys from GP and Supers giving it a go. As it stands, the first place prize is sweetie money, compared to even what a mid pack rider might get for a season in WSBK. I don't subscribe to the 'hasn't got the balls' argument either. Any one of the top guys who are short circiut racing at them moment would be quick at the TT. Once they'd done the amount of laps they needed to learn the way round, somebody like Rossi or Lorenzo, definetly has the skills to do it.

As for fitness, how do you think John McPint would get on, at his level of fitness riding a MotoGP bike around Le Mans or something? I'd bet he'd be breathing out of his arse after 10 laps.

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 15:16

Before you slag off the Doctor remember that he would be quicker than you around either the TT course or any GP/WSB circuit, with one hand tied behind his back and wearing sandals...

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 21:51

maybe he saw this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og35NzN-Gz4

Dan Kneen demonstrating how to hold onto a fishtail while on one wheel at +150 mph :/

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 21:57

Pete, thats out at Rhen Cullen, after Kirk Micheal. Fucking quick through there. This is my fav place to watch at the TT

Bottom of Barregarrow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=21sXWXVBTZM

Listen to em going out of it, none of them even think of letting go of the throttle once they've bottomed out. Just stunning

CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS YEAR!!

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 22:31

And how Dan Kneen kept hold of that I'll never ever know. The cameraman thought it was all over...

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 22:32

Pagik, there is a Brit ex pat that lives over here and attends a Brit bike rally that I also attend... He has ridden in a couple of TT's and Manx GP's and we were talking about what it's like...

I asked him about heading down Glencruthcery Rd. and hitting the bottom... Fred told me that, yeah, that was a rush but that bottom of Barregarrow blew it away in terms of "puckering power"... if you know what I mean...

Since that area of the course doesn't get a lot of coverage on the TT review DVD's it is hard for me to get a sense of it. The youtube vid that you pointed out is outstanding in giving a great view of it.

As far as Rossi's comments.. not surprising but that is why racing on road circuits and short circuits have been separated. Two different skill sets and mental approaches to deal with and master. And with bikes being some powerful and fast these days, it is better that they are separated. You really have to be calibrated to one discipline or the other...

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 00:39

Brain fart and fingers not working...

>And with bikes being some powerful and fast<

Meant to type: And with bikes being so much more powerful and faster...

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 02:47

SC, very true, road racing and short circuit are totally different "skill sets".

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 09:55

You guys forgetting about why Barry Sheene wouldn't ride the TT?? Too Dangerous. I personally love the TT and think it is the ultimate test of man&machine but unfortunately these types of stories damage the image of the Tourist Trophy races. Imagine if Dorna re-introduced the TT (and the Ulster for that fact) back into the World Championship - that'd be some laugh! LOL

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 15:35

If it hadn't been going for 100 odd years the TT would never be ratified these days as a new event. IF the man says its too dangerous for him then so be it. I'm sure there's plenty of TT riders who can't be bothered to do short track as well.


Posted: 01/02/2013 at 23:23

Actually Sheene did race the TT - a few of them. However he never managed to complete a racing lap (plenty of practice ones though). He was a life member of the TT supporters club after retirement.

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 15:49

there are a few ppl on here measuring johnson size by proxy

lets be clear, having loads of respect for the TT gladiators and then flinging that about at other disciplines does not mean you have genitalia of similar dimensions to aforementioned gladiators

<* end of slight rant *>

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 14:15

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