Journalism, The Profession

In my life, I have been very fortunate to meet many wonderful people – of all walks of life. Roberto, is one of them. 

We met in 2017 at the Austrian MotoGP, where I was visiting as a sponsors guest and Roberto was reporting on the event. We began to talk, became Facebook friends and now if I miss that race, we are both inevitably sad! 

Roberto, is also indirectly responsible for Paddock People. Without knowing it, he guided me through the Paddock and showed me the way – after he interviewed me 1 year ago in his article “Il mestiere di ombrellina”. Because of him, I grew the confidence to start something new – so you should meet him!

Roberto, who are you and where are you from?

"My name is Roberto Vergani and I am from Milan, Italy."

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How long have you been a photographer and a journalist?

"In reality I am" just "a journalist, I am not a photographer. But when I follow the Grand Prix, I always have my Reflex camera with me. everything revolves around the GPs. Anyway, I've been a journalist for over 20 years. "

Why Motorsport?

"I have loved Motorsport since I was a child. I watched Formula 1 on TV: I remember the epic battles that made the sport famous in the 80's. I got into the bikes later, beginning in the 90's with the arrival of Loris Capirossi, Max Biaggi and Valentino Rossi."

Who is your MotoGP hero?

"Valentino Rossi - always. I'm his fan since we were both kids."

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For you, what makes your "work" a passion?

"When I go to the Grand Prix I enjoy myself as if I were a racer. I don't consider it a job. I could spend all of my days at the track. You never get bored of it, and there is always interesting people: riders, mechanics, colleagues, beautiful girls ..." (laughs)

What has been one of the most important moments in your journalistic career?

"There is not a precise moment. Let's say that the first Grand Prix that I went to as a journalist is not one to forget: the interviews with the riders, the photos in the paddock and in the pits, the work of writing in the press room. Now I'd like to think I'm used to it, but the first time was a unique emotion."

We met in 2017 at the Austrian MotoGP, a race that you often visit and write about. What is special about this place?

"So many things. I have been visiting the Austrian GP for four years and I must say that it is one of the most beautiful and evocative places in the world. The Spielberg circuit is nestled in the green hills of Styria, a fantastic region. it is modern, comfortable to reach, functional. The organization is perfect, by the book. The press room is among the largest in the world, with a tribune overlooking the grid from which you can see the entire race. And lucky for me, the circuit is just 650 kilometers from Milan, so I can reach it by car."

A few weeks ago, you photographed Marco Simoncelli's father and his team, finishing on the podium at Misano, a track dedicated to his late son. Can you describe the emotions at the track that day?

"I swear I was moved, as where my colleagues. Sic's father put together a team that was among the most competitive of all. I honestly didn't expect it. Seeing Tatsuki Suzuki win, which in a way, took the role of his son Marco in the life of Paolo, it was unbelievable. He won on the track named after Sic. A sign of destiny. That embrace of the parc ferme, before our eyes, I will never forget that."

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In which race do you hope to go one day?

"Knowing where you come from, Australia! Seriously, I'd like to go to Assen and, yes, Australia too! I await your invitation."

Photos supplied by Roberto Vergani

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