Rossi has won nine world championships.
Track motorcycling one of the biggest stars Valentino Rossi will end his career after this season. The Italian announced his decision on Thursday at the World Championships in Austria.
The charismatic sport icon Rossi, 42, is, among other things, a nine-time world champion. Seven of the titles have become the biggest drivers in the MotoGP class.
“I have decided to quit after this season. Unfortunately, this is my last season as a MotoGP driver. This is a difficult and very sad moment because it is difficult to say and realize that next year I will no longer be riding a motorcycle, ”Rossi said at a media conference, according to Reuters.
He stated that he had been racing for about 30 years.
“Next year my life will change. But this has been awesome anyway. I have enjoyed this long journey very much and it has been really, really fun. ”
This season, Rossi has not been at his best level anymore. He drives in the Malaysian Petronas Yamaha stable and is only 19th in World Championship points. The best finish is tenth with nine races behind.
Ross has 89 World Championship race wins in the MotoGP class and 26 in the smaller classes. He has been among the top three 235 times.