Ducatis in Malaysia: Red riding hoot!

I am a diehard Valentino Rossi fan. I went delirious when he joined Ducati in 2010, forging the all-Italian dream team. But being a fan-boy is farthest from my mind right now, as the Life Flashing Before Eyes movie plays again. This must be its 100th rerun in my lifetime, I think.

I’m moments away from kicking the bucket with both feet, hurtling down Sepang’s main straight tucked into the fairing at something approaching 270kph. I sit up, and the wind almost takes my head off, as my limbs struggle to maintain contact with the bike. “Not a bad way to go,” is the thought that surfaces above visions of a Panigale-shaped hole in the grandstand wall. But it’s not to be, thankfully.