In ten days Valentino Rossi he will race for the last time in his career in front of his home crowd, that of the Misano circuit, on which he won in MotoGP in 2014. The Doctor still has three races ahead of him in the premier class before dedicating himself to other disciplines in the world of motorsport, at the end of a 26-season career, or more than half of the life for now lived by the pilot from Tavullia born in 1979. After being cold at the Red Bull Ring when he announced his retirement at the end of the season – surprising Loris Capirossi for the absence of tears – Rossi recently admitted to experiencing a sort of paranoia in the face of the approach of the fateful date in Valencia, or November 14th.
“I’m not ready to retire”, the words of the nine-time world champion, who is experiencing a career ending in MotoGP that is nothing short of disheartening given that he is 21st in the riders’ standings with just 29 points even behind his brother Luca Marini, a rookie in the premier class. Reached by the Gazzetta dello Sport, Loris Capirossi shared what was his own experience in terms of retirement from racing. It was the year 2011: “Valencia was the hardest race of my life, also for what had happened shortly before to Marco Simoncelli, for what I ran with the number 58 on the front fairing. I couldn’t wait for that weekend to pass “, the story of the three-time world champion, two in the 125 class and one in the 250 class.
Capirossi wishes his compatriot and great rival – especially in the fight for the title of the 250 class in 1999 – a weekend as a protagonist in Misano: “He still wants to prove he’s fast, if the right opportunity happens to him, he can still have his say. It would be nice if he greeted with a good race “. Rossi is ‘stopped’ at 199 podiums in the premier class of the MotoGP (adding those obtained in the 500 class and in the MotoGP), a statistic that seems destined not to reach the round figure exactly as for the world titles. The best result in this 2021, for now, is the eighth place of the Red Bull Ring when at the end of the race the rain mixed everything. Rossi decided not to change the bike like the winner Brad Binder, but in the final he lost the third position occupied by a few hundred meters.