"Valentino was my hero since I was a kid," says Nicolò Bulega. "To train with him in the gym or at The Ranch, to have him besides you as a friend, to know that he is watching you and supports you is an incredible boost of motivation and self esteem. My father used to say that it is equal to half a second faster on track! Maybe it's too much, but it's true that it has no price to grow up having a coach like Valentino Rossi. Valentino doesn't give advice, he gives the example. You train with him, you observe him and you understand how you have to work. He is a champion, but I admire him first of all as a person. He always smiles also when things go wrong, as during the tough two years with Ducati."