Valentino Rossi, begins his last weekend in MotoGP: Valencia’s homage to the champion. Him: “I hope not to cry”

Valentino Rossi, begins his last weekend in MotoGP: Valencia’s homage to the champion. Him: “I hope not to cry”
Valentino Rossi, begins his last weekend in MotoGP: Valencia’s homage to the champion. Him: “I hope not to cry”

It started with the press conference before free practice the last weekend in MotoGP from Valentino Rossi. At 10:40 he took to the track, without taking risks on the asphalt wet from the rain and closing in one last position. But a Valencia they are all there for him, to see and hear the last time of the MotoGp rider champion. The 2021 world championship ended two races ago in his Misano, where the fall of Bagnaia crowned the French Fabio Quartararo. “It’s difficult. There is a feeling of sadness, Vale is a motorcycle legend. He inspired me, he was an idol for me as he was for many of us. We have to congratulate him on his incredible career ”, declared the fresh world champion at the press conference.

Rossi sat down in front of the microphones and began: “I’ve always thought a little about this conference and the feeling I have now it’s weird“. Thursday was an exciting day for Rossi, which began with the dedication of the bookmakers Snai who launched the special episode renamed “Salutiamo la Leggenda” in which Rossi starts at 100.00. Then the surprise of the mandrel, the agency that takes care of the commercial part of the MotoGP events, which first presented a huge yellow mural with the inscription “Thanks Vale”And then took the rider to the paddock, where they are waiting for him all nine bikes with which he won a world championship.

L’Aprilia 125 Blue Ribbon with whom he won the first world championship in 1997, in his second experience after having gone off the track 5 times the previous year, collecting only two podiums, once first and third. Then theHonda orange-phosphorescent yellow with the tribal sun printed on the tank with which he won the second world championship in a row in 2003, before moving on to the famous one Yamaha sponsored blue Gaulosies with “Gooo!” with which he won in 2004 and 2005. “I have almost all the bikes at home, except the Hondas. I also have one in the bedroom“, Rossi confessed.

“It has been a very long journey, seeing them all together was moving, I thought about all the way back, ”continued Valentino, who touched his first handlebar at the age of two and a half. The fault of the father Graziano, a former motorcycle rider from whom his son also took the number 46. Now Valentino is 42 years old and his partner Francesca Sofia Novello she is expecting a child: “From Monday my life will be completely different, I haven’t thought about it yet but I just want have fun also because afterwards I will continue to run on four wheels“Said the nine-time champion.

Rossi has announced that he will follow his drivers next year Academy, where his brother also runs Luca Marini. In his stable also the promise of Italian motorcycling, Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia, who said: “I have to thank him for all the work he has done with me and in general with the Academy. I had the fortuna to be able to train with him. Today is a day dura, even though we know it was due to arrive, no one did will forget everything he has done “.

“I do not know what I will feel in seeing the races without being able to race, I will experience it and I will let you know”, Rossi always added smiling. If MotoGP is one of the most followed sports in the world it is also due to the charisma of the “Doctor”, who has become a symbol of motorcycling. “I have become something of an icon – he said- and it was the best thing of my career, more than the victories “. Rossi recalled how he could have stopped with the Ducati In the 2012, before returning to the Yamaha garage: “But it wasn’t over”. In fact, Rossi had won his last world championship in 2009, but until 2018 he remained competitive giving great challenges to his fans, such as the crusade against the Spaniards Jorge Lorenzo e Marc Marquez between 2015 and 2016. “I’ve had great rivalries especially in the first part of my career, where I was winning more. I think about Max Biaggi, a Casey Stoner and then Lorenzo and Marquez – he continued – the rivalry in all high-level sports, especially in the MotoGP, is something that perhaps one does not appreciate but at the same time is fantastic, pushes you to drive beyond your limits “.

It was above all the last names on the list who denied him the tenth title, the only regret of his career. “It would have been important to win the tenth, it would have been like Close the circle, but that’s how it went. Nine is also often part of my numbers. There is also the curse of 9, it would have been better not to have it “, closed ironically Rossi, who admitted having lived in a tunnel in recent years and who only recently realized what he has built for him and for those who grew up watching his races on Sunday . But no sentimentality, so Vale promised that Sunday will be a normal race, but then admits: “I don’t honestly know what will happen after the race on Sunday. I hope to have a good race and get to the end. I can’t predict the my feelings, in special moments I tend to smile, I don’t cry a lot. I hope not to cry“.

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