The “Doctor” Valentino Rossi is Retiring
Valentino Rossi has just announced that he is retiring from MotoGP™ at the end of 2021.
That is a harsh blow on motorsports fans, that wanted to see some more legendary racing moves from the Italian rider. Everyone knew this time was coming. After all, Rossi had announced that he would decide on continuing his career over the summer. But let’s face it. Everyone always hopes that a decision like that is postponed long enough to keep the dream alive. I’m surely one that always hopes to see a few more races from such a talented motorcycle rider, that added so much to the paddock throughout the years. MotoGP in particular and motorcycle sports, in general, will suffer a big loss.
Nevertheless, we still have the remaining 2021 MotoGP races to fully enjoy Valentino Rossi’s last season, now as a seasoned veteran and with bucketloads of experience to share. The 46, is no longer the impetuous genius that he once was, but he has matured into a legendary rider that is a pure pleasure to watch.
And, of course, we can always hope to see a reversed decision further down the line, as the season comes to an end. Fingers crossed!
I know that like me, thousands of fans from all around the world are already searching for their best memories of the “Doctor” on the GP track. The Nine-time World Champion will bring an end to a magnificent 25 year Grand Prix career, dating back to 1996. Having stood on the podium 235 times, 115 of those were Grand Prix victories. Impressive numbers for a true Motorcycle Legend.
“I decided to stop at the end of the season”…”I had unforgettable moments with all my guys, the guys who work for me, so… I don’t have a lot to say! Just this.” – said Valentino on a special Press Conference ahead of the Michelin Grand Prix of Styria.
Valentino had unforgettable moments himself, but a whole legion of fans and MotoGP™ viewers will remember and cherish for years to come all the fantastic moments that the 42-year-old Italian offered them.
Memories of the 2000 Portuguese MotoGP™
I still remember the 2000 Portuguese Grand Prix. It was windy and harsh for the 3 days the competition lasted. Uninviting conditions but the tickets were all sold-out long before the date set. For ” il Dottore” was his debut season on the 500cc. The highest Motorcycle World Championship category at the time. With Mick Doohan, a legend, as his mentor for the first season with Honda in the 500cc, no motorcycle lover living soul wanted to miss the race. And by that I mean the entire Grand Prix weekend, and not only the race itself.
On qualifying, Valentino didn’t get the pole position from Max Biaggi but ended up breaking the fastest speed on track record. On the Race he finished 3rd place, in front of his countryman rival. Although he didn’t win, every time the Honda Nastro Azzurro passed near a stand, the crowd roared and cheered him. A continuous and endless moving roar was ongoing until the end of the Grand Prix itself.
That says it all about the status of one of the greatest of all times achieved by the 46.
Thank You, Valentino.