A young racer on the verge of a championship credits everything to having a seven time champ as a mentor

A seven time world champion is the perfect mentor for a young rider. Which is exactly why Franco Morbidelli soaked in everything he could from his time learning under Valentino Rossi at the VR46 Riders Academy that the 38 year old vet holds at his home, dubbed: "The Ranch."

When asked exactly what he learned from Rossi, Morbidelli had high praise, saying, "It's a long list. Everything I know, I learned from him."

Morbidelli currently leads the Moto2 championship by 29 points and can clinch the title with a win in his next race, or with any of the situations outlined here at MotoGP.com.

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