Rossi’s First Date with the Ducati – As Seen By Gigi Soldano

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Valentino Rossi’s personal photographer Gigi Soldano was on hand for Rossi’s debut on the Ducati Desmosedici this week during the MotoGP test at Valencia. Granted unfettered access to what goes on behind-the-scenes in the Ducati garage, Soldano combined his magic behind the lens with the events that unfolded in front of him, and lucky for us, he shared them with the world on his blog today.

Although the Ducati reared its ugly head and front-end problems ensued, which caused a rocky start to the relationship between Rossi and the Desmosedici, Soldano still seems to have captured the special moments along the way. Ducati will go back to Bologna next week to plan for the upcoming season, while Rossi will be left to contemplate how to prepare for his second date with the GP11.

While we wait until then, check out Soldano’s full gallery on his blog, there’s pages of great MotoGP moments to be found there beyond this week’s GP and test.

Source: Milargo via MotoMatters (Twitter)