Originally Posted by Kropotkin
Rossi is 34. Only two men have become world champion at that age or older: Phil Read, who beat Agostini when there was no other competition, and Leslie Graham, the first ever 500cc World Champion in 1949. History is against Rossi. But Rossi has shown scant respect for history.
This should be viewed through the lens of changing physical outcomes today compared to yesteryear. Athletes in general benefit from more advanced fitness regimes and, importantly, MUCH better care of injuries sustained on their way up.
No idea how the partying varies these days, but obviously some of those guys used to hit it pretty hard...