“The story between Yamaha and Rossi started almost like a fairy tale. Rossi won that incredible race at Welkom in 2004, his first GP with the M1. His arrival at Yamaha was the catalyst that completely changed our MotoGP racing program, and gave us the confidence to rediscover our fighting spirit and become MotoGP world champions once again. “. Like this Lin Jarvis, project leader of the Iwata house in the premier class of MotoGP, paid tribute to Valentino Rossi who today announced his retirement from MotoGP at the end of 2021.
“Since 2004 we have completed 264 races to date, together we have achieved 56 wins, 46 second places, 40 third places, and we have won four MotoGP world titles respectively in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009. – Jarvis added – Valentino is a living legend whose successes and personal inspiration have contributed in a fundamental way to enriching Yamaha’s wealth of experience and skills. During the most difficult times, his optimism was a boost to those around him, and he was always ready to make the extra sacrifice necessary to get a good result. It is thanks to his inexhaustible passion for MotoGP that we can look back with pride at the sixteen fantastic seasons spent together ”.
Lin Jarvis concluded by stressing that sooner or later the time of retirement would come and that it’s time to enjoy the Doctor’s latest races in MotoGP on the Yamaha M1: “We all knew that eventually the time would come when Valentino’s illustrious Grand Prix career would come to an end. His unrivaled skills and warm charisma will surely be missed by fans, the media, the MotoGP paddock and all Yamaha staff. But before he finally hangs up his suit, we still have nine opportunities to enjoy and savor his appearances in the remaining 2021 Grands Prix, so let’s enjoy all the next GPs and then we’ll have a chance to say a real thank you to Valentino at the end of the Valencia GP weekend in November ”.