In the era of Marc Marquez and in the interregnum of Joan Mir, Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi remain in the top positions of almost all the rankings linked to the history of the World Championship. The two most successful Italians in history, those who have marked much more than an era.
On the day of the announcement of Valentino Rossi’s retirement from MotoGP, which will take place at the end of the current season, Giacomo Agostini spent words of honey for the 9-time world champion from Tavullia, trying to alleviate the pain felt after the choice made a few days ago and announced today.
“I understand Vale, I have tried it too, leaving your great love is not easy for anyone, but we must understand that this moment arrives and we must be ready to accept it. He has given so much and has also received so many joys, notoriety, wealth and money. It is difficult, I too suffered and cried for three days. It happens to everyone and you have to be brave ”, Agostini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Agostini also understandably indulged in a statement – a joke, it must be said – very human. In fact, he stressed that he was happy not to have seen Valentino beat his records. Understandable words, especially if expressed by a man who, like Rossi, was a pilot and, for years and years, the reference in a sports category.
“I admit I’m happy that Valentino quits without breaking my records. I think it’s human. Even without having beaten my records, however, he remains an absolute champion ”.
Not surprisingly, Agostini will probably remain the most successful rider in history – at least for now – with his 122 victories in the World Championship against Valentino’s 115. Rossi, we remember, won the last race in Assen in the now distant 2017.
“Sooner or later someone will come and lift these records for me, the records are meant to be beaten but I don’t mind keeping them for some time yet”, concluded Agostini.