102-Year Old Granny Climbs on Valentino Rossi's Yamaha YZF-R1

You can never underestimate one's passion for motorcycles. And if anyone still has any doubts about that, this next story will certainly break you.

Hilda Wright climbed on Valentino Rossi's Yamaha bike – a 2009 YZF-R1 – which he used in last year's famous Isle of Man TT. While usually this would not make the headlines in any high-profiled motorcycle publication around the world, the situation changes dramatically once people find out Mrs. Wright is a 102-year old grandma.

That's right, the woman celebrated her 102th birthday in the craziest ways possible. As her grandson-in-law, Steve Shaw, had found out about her passion for motorcycles and Valentino Rossi – not necessarily in that order – he took it upon himself to offer Hilda an anniversary to remember.

Consequently, he tracked down the bike Rossi used in the last year's competition and got it in especially for his grandma-in-law. Needless to say, Mrs. Wright was ecstatic about the wonderful gift and climbed up the saddle in no time, enjoying every second of it. Unfortunately, she couldn't take the bike home, but she did leave with probably another thing ticked on her “To do in life” list.

It’s something different and I got the bike in especially. It really made her day. It’s not the usual way you’d expect a lady of 102 to celebrate but she just lapped it up,” said Shaw, according to the Manchester Evening News, as reported by Visordown News.

The Yamaha YZF-R1 was ridden by Rossi during last year's Isle of Man TT, but not in the actual competition. The Doctor has never contested in the tamed motorcycle race, but was invited last year alongside former world champion Giacomo Agostini to do a parade lap of the famous 37.73 mile (60.7 km) circuit.

His reaction after the first ever lap in the Isle of Man TT? “You need to have two great b***s!
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