A few races ago I suggested to Valentino Rossi and his immediate entourage that he come to the British Eurosport commentary box at one of the remaining Grand Prix of the year.
The box at Catalunya was too far away, a walk through a public tunnel being too much of an ask for the world-wide sporting hero, Donington was to small to get two of us in let alone three, and at Assen he was too busy with Yamaha PR commitments.
The box at the Sachsenring was ideal as it was within the paddock, positioned just less than a whir of a scooter away from the Yamaha hospitality unit.
Yamaha hospitality in the paddock © DPPI
Reminding the towering giant of a PR guy who is William Favero on Friday that we'd talked about this, I cajoled him into a trip from the espresso haven that is the Yamaha unit across to the spacious box that overlooked the home straight, just about level with the fifth row of the grid for the afternoon's races.