Last August 5th, on the Thursday of the Styrian Grand Prix, Valentino Rossi had made official a decision that had been in the air for some time now, that of hanging up the helmet at the end of the championship. The results collected in the Petronas team have been ruthless and the ‘Doctor’ at 42 has chosen to say enough, to devote himself to four wheels in endurance races. During the meeting with the journalists, the Pesaro-born had seemed very calm, but he had confided that in Valencia – the last seasonal race on the calendar – it would be a different story, evoking the last time he will have to get off the track as a more difficult moment. his beloved Yamaha M1.
Since that weekend there has been no satisfaction for Rossi so far, always in the rear both in qualifying and in the race, without being able to find a last twist to make his supporters happy. The latest races, thanks to the presence of the public in the stands, are turning out to be nothing more than a catwalk and a greeting to the many fans who follow him in every corner of the world, coloring the stands yellow. There are three remaining Grand Prix – Misano on 24 October, Portimao on 7 November and Valencia on 14 November – and therefore retreat is practically a month away of the nine-time world champion, with the MotoGP greeting hashtag (#GrazieVale) already started in view of the final farewell to the great champion.
🚨Calling all @ ValeYellow46 fans! 🚨
– MotoGP ™ 🏁 (@MotoGP) October 11, 2021
But Valentino Rossi is starting to feel the pressure of the retirement idea, as he sincerely confessed to Dazn Spain: “I got paranoid thinking about Valencia. I think I’m not prepared for when I stop to be a MotoGP rider. When I announced my retirement in Austria, I was not particularly influenced by my words. But now it’s different, I’ve realized my life is about to change. I’ve been talking about my retirement for fifteen years, but I never worried about it. The farewell will not be easy, but I hope it can still be a good moment, despite everything “.