Spencer ’85 double impossible to repeat, says Valentino Rossi

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Twenty-five years since Freddie Spencer completed a remarkable Grand Prix double when he won the 250 and 500cc world titles in 1985, Valentino Rossi has dismissed the possibility of that unique achievement ever being replicated.

Asked whether he would ever seriously contemplate competing in MotoGP and the new Moto2 600cc four-stroke series in the future, the 31-year-old said: “Moto2 is a great show and a great opportunity for a lot of riders but it is not an impressive bike to ride.

"When you ride in MotoGP there is no meaning to ride in Moto2. Maybe it has more meaning to try a 250 two stroke or World Superbikes."

With MotoGP now contested over 18 rounds and Moto2 17, Rossi said it was impossible to dedicate the time and energy to race in both classes.

"For the whole season I think it is difficult to do both. It is big effort and at the end you would make a bad job in two classes rather than a good job in one.

"Maybe in the future I will have a chance to do one race in World Superbikes but only one race, “added the Italian, who will ride for Ducati in 2011.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt