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Rossi return should prove a real crowd pleaser

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Matt Roberts | 15:52 UK time, Thursday, 16 August 2012

After a short but enjoyable summer break spent, like much of the nation, revelling in the achievements of Team GB at the Olympics and enjoying the brilliant BBC coverage, it is nice to get back to work this weekend as the MotoGP World Championship resumes with round 11 of 18 in Indianapolis.

While I can't promise you emotion to match the Olympic Stadium, London Velodrome or Eton Dorney, on Sunday the world-famous 'Brickyard' circuit provides an equally iconic stage for talent that can rival anything those venues have had to offer over the past few weeks.

Watching Usain Bolt celebrating victory in the 200m final reminded me very much of Valentino Rossi at the peak of his enigmatic powers: charm, charisma and that rare ability to switch from crowd pleaser to ruthless racer in a split second.

Millions of fans around the world have grown to adore him because he's the funniest but also because he's the fastest - except not, in Rossi's case, any longer.

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