Valentino Rossi: The Man of Every Fight

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Valentino Rossi after a win in Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina (Courtesy of motogp.com)

A Legend.

Paling tidak itu reputasi yang diperkenalkan Valentino Rossi pada setiap orang yang baru mengenal ajang balapan MotoGP di satu dekade ke belakang. Gelar yang dibawanya adalah satu kali juara kelas 125cc (1997), lantas dilengkapi oleh gelar juara di kelas 250cc (1999), dan tentu saja yang paling sensasional adalah gelar juara di kasta tertinggi balapan ini sebanyak tujuh kali (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, dan 2009). Sepanjang ke ikut sertaannya di kelas tersebut, Rosisi telah mencicipi banyak hal. Dari mulai perubahan spesifikasi motor (2-tak 500cc, 4-tak 990cc, 800cc, dan 1000cc) berbagai macam kecelakaan, sampai berbagai macam kompetitor. Kompetitor sendiri adalah salah satu faktor penunjang berbagai kekaguman semua orang yang mengenal Rossi dari ajang balapan ini disamping bakat dan kepribadiannya. Mengingat panjangnya durasi musim yang dilaluinya (debut di tahun 2000), Rossi sudah mencicipi berbagai pertarungan dengan pesaing yang silih berganti.

Max Biaggi

Rossi and his archenemy.

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Interview with a Consultant

My career as a journalist began when I was finally hired by one of the well-respected monthly magazine, The Carrington, as one of their investigative journalist. Althought the reason I became a journalist wasn’t matched with the job I was given, I kept saying to myself to give it a shot. As I began working with them, I also began persuading my editor with a lot of sport related articles I had made before so she could see me for what kind of journalist I really was, a sports journalist.

After a year working as investigative journalist, I realized I had made a wrong decision by giving myself a hope that one day my editor would put me in the position that I was crafting for so long. I was tired and almost gave up when I worked on my resignation letter more than making news content to be published. When my editor asked me to conduct an interview with a person who became the talks of local society in Merlyn, I promised to myself that this would be the last job I took in this magazine.

Merlyn is a small city in Los Angeles suburb where its population was not more than 5000. Recently, this small city was shocked by a phenomenon of a girl who could recover the dead people’s memory. The last thing people heard about her was that she was recruited by the local Police Force to help them solve homicide cases as a consultant. This girl was the subject of my last interview for The Carrington.
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Ducati Team 2015: Kebangkitan Tim Kuda Hitam

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Ducati Team 2015 with Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso (google.com)

Di rentang musim 2010-2014, sepeninggalan Casey Stoner, Ducati tidak lagi menjadi pesaing tangguh bagi Honda dan Yamaha, dua pabrikan besar asal Jepang yang beberapa tahun belakangan mendominasi ajang MotoGP. Kisah indah dominasi Ducati bersama Stoner hanya bertahan dua musim saja di musim 2007 dan 2008. Sisanya merupakan rangkaian kefrustrasian yang terpaksa harus mereka telan bulat-bulat. Bahkan saat Sang Legenda Italia, Valentino Rossi yang diharapkan mampu mengangkat kembali kedigdayaan Ducati dan memenuhi impian para penggemarnya untuk menjadi juara dunia dengan motor yang pabrikannya berasal dari Italia juga tidak mampu melakukannya. Dirinya begitu frustrasi hingga hanya bertahan dua musim dan memilih untuk angkat kaki serta kembali menerima pinangan tim lamanya, Movistar Yamaha. Continue reading