Valentino Rossi, goodbye to racing: the concept of space and time
MotoGP, Montmelò – Circuit de Catalunya. Year 2009. There are two laps to go, Jorge Lorenzo is ahead, in first position, Rossi it is attached to the muffler. The two pilots of the Yamaha they competed for the race and in that World Championship also the riders title. After the final straight, Rossi literally crosses the road, detaching Lorenzo on the outside, pulling up the foot that stretched out like a red carpet in every corner, to avoid contact. An overtaking defined as a “license rag”. He literally put the bike in front without explaining it to us, where it is space did not exist and time did not allow it.
Lorenzo however, he has more, he goes over it, even quite quickly, and the two seem to run in a balance that could last forever while maintaining space and time unchanged, so fast as to seem stationary. In the last sector Lorenzo has more, he stretches on Valentino. But it is here than the Doctor change the rules: at the last corner it enters where it was impossible to do so, it passes inside where it was not possible, almost as if the bike had flattened according to a space-time dimension unknown to everyone, all except Valentino Rossi.
It was in that dimension that the sports career of Valentino Rossi. Burning the times, and slipping into spaces: racing to become a legend.
Valentino Rossi, goodbye to racing: the overtaking and victories of the boy, the driver and the icon
Tavullia 7968 inhabitants, Marche. It starts from the small village where Valentino Rossi’s fastest lap started. From there the “Yellow tide” has invaded the whole world.
26 seasons in the world championship, 9 World titles won (one in the 125, one in the 250, one in the 500, you are in the MotoGP); 115 wins; 235 podiums; 148 first rows; 76 fast laps. These are the numbers of Rossi’s monumental career. But there is a number that distinguished him most of all, that accompanied him at all times, a number that he knew how to make great, which will be remembered forever as the number of Valentino Rossi: the 46
Everyone in the world used that number stuck on scooters, on hats, behind their backs, who wore it in other sports. This was Valentino’s ability, become an icon and make MotoGP famous all over the world.
Many of his most famous victories: from his first triumph in 125 on 18 August 1996 a Brno, to the first pearl in 550 on 9 July 2000 in Donington, passing through the incredible victory a Montmelo in 2009, the all-important triumph of Welkom 2004, the iconic one of Laguna Seca and the historic victory at Mugello from 2006. Impossible to forget his overtaking, like the one on Stoner to the corkscrew or shoulder a Gibernau of Jerez.
It was all in Rossi sport, but it was above all Valentino, the simple boy with a sly face who always felt a strong need to have fun and joke, manifesting it in the celebrations with brilliant choreographies and in the helmets he wore, all made by Aldo Drudi, who called him “a Picasso of motorcycles”.
Valentino Rossi, goodbye to racing: the last lap
Valencia, Ricardo Tormo circuit. November 14, 2021. It is the last Sunday in which we will see Valentino Rossi racing a GP. Today, if we could, we would all like to change the lyrics of a song by your dear friend Cesare Cremonini and repeat ourselves convinced that “since Rossi stopped racing it is no longer Sunday”.
26 years can be summed up in just over a minute. The exact time to complete the last round of the carousel. Valentino’s last race was a party, a red carpet with endless tributes and applause, from the arrival on the circuit, to the party in the pits, up to the appointment of MotoGP Legend. His travel companion, the Yamaha M1 for the occasion she wrote him a love letter: “I gave you all of me, as you gave everything to me. The one thing I’ll always treasure is our grill talk. It was you and me against the world ”.
Everyone was enthusiastic, many cried, many could not believe it. But if we look at that boy, nothing has changed: he has the same smile and the same desire to have fun. For him “the withdrawal is just an excuse to make a mess”
Impossible to tell who did it Valentino Rossi, even more impossible to understand. It will not be difficult to remember his races, where he scratched time and deceived space.
Domenica, the voice that has told about his victories for years, that of Guido Meda she stopped for a moment and for once she didn’t shout “Rossi is here. Rossi is there “but he simply admitted that” Rossi will be there forever “
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