Name: Marcia

Location: Vancouver, British Colombia

Photo Taken: Austin 2016

I have been a major fan for 15 years, but I had no expectation to meet Valentino Rossi that night in town!

However I was walking past a hotel and saw Yamaha and Repsol Honda dry-cleaning hanging on a rack near the front door! A complete fluke I know, but as my friend and I went in and decided to get a Starbucks and look around just in case, suddenly in walked Fenati!

Several other riders followed, mechanics, team managers and Moto 3 riders, and finally my hero Valentino Rossi walked in.

He was all smiles, took time to sign autographs and take genuinely nice photos. He is such a gentleman and such a natural person, I will forever be a fan!

I have a lot to say thank you for, to Valentino Rossi!
#ThankYouVale you for bringing such joy, passion, and enthusiasm to your sport. You have brought in millions and millions of fans who would not spend time watching grumpy, boring riders.

You fight for what you believe in, you are a consummate professional, and I will support you always!