An unforgettable day, probably able to change the connotation of Valencia for Valentino Rossi. The rider from Tavullia al Ricardo Tormo saw two World Championships fade, the first in 2006 when Nicky Hayden won, the second in 2015, when fourth place was not enough in the face of Jorge Lorenzo’s success. A season full of poisons to the point of leading the Doctor to desert the awards gala in the evening. Yesterday Rossi was part of the party, with the surprise of entering the MotoGP Legends a few hours after the last checkered flag cut in tenth position, symbol of a career worthy of ten and praise which was missing only the icing of the tenth world title on a Sunday that, in terms of numerology, uncomfortable the 46 in two ways, starting from the 46th Sunday of the solar year 2021 up to a date, 11/14/21, the sum of which is 46.
“It’s so good that I’ll stop next year too”, Rossi declared, struck by the 360 ° affection given to him by his Disneyland as Carlo Pernat would say, the Genoese manager who was the first to make him sign a professional contract with Aprilia for his debut in the World Championship in 1996. 26 years old after the Doctor he reached the epilogue of a career that was difficult to match in terms of longevity and successes achieved. “I have always imagined this day as a nightmare, because it is the end of a long career and I knew it would happen in Valencia, but in the end I had a lot of fun so I have to thank everyone, everyone who worked with me, the whole paddock, the other riders … it was an unforgettable day and I enjoyed it. It has been a long career and always a pleasure “, Rossi’s words on stage on the occasion of his official entry into the MotoGP Legends.
Also moved Carmelo Ezpeleta, who greeted what was a real goose that lays golden eggs for MotoGP: “The only thing I can say to Vale is thank you very much. It has been incredible since 1996 in Malaysia, we have met a guy who can run fantastic races, but at the same time special for so many reasons. We started talking to him and from that moment on, everything we have done together, with everyone who works in MotoGP has been incredible. First of all, Valentino was an incredible rider, even yesterday, at 42, he was just a few tenths from Fabio Quartararo, the world champion. To talent he added being a character, a unique character who has given so much to this category also from other points of view, in particular with the active action in the Safety Commission “.