MotoGP: Valentino Rossi Calls Time On His Iconic Motorcycle Racing Career.

Published on August 6, 2021
By Dawn Hammersley

Valentino Rossi Has Announced That This Will Be His Final Season In MotoGP.

Italian nine-time MotoGP World Championship winner Valentino Rossi has announced that the 2021 MotoGP Season will be his last season in motorcycle racing. A press conference was held yesterday afternoon at the Styrian GP.

Valentino said prior to the MotoGP summer break that he would make the decision regarding his future during the break. Speculations were high to see if Valentino would compete for another year, riding in his own MotoGP team along-side his brother Luca Marini. When asked the question in the press conference Valentino admitted he did give the option a lot of thought but it would have to be at least a two season project, so the option to retire was more of a realistic one for the Italian rider.

Valentino Rossi

“Next year I will not race with the motorcycle. I do this thing for, I think, more or less 30 years. So, next year, my life will will change.
“But anyway, was great. I enjoy very much is the journey, and was really, really funny and is like, 25-26 years in the in the world championship so, it was great.
“And I had an unforgettable moments with all my team, with all the guys that work for me.”

Rossi is the only rider to have competed in over 400 Grands Prix throughout his career, he has 115 wins from 423 starts, 65 Pole Positions and an amazing 235 podiums and 96 fastest laps, both Valentino and all his adoring fans will hope to see him at least once more on the podium before his illustrious career ends at the end of the 2021 season.

Rossi graduated to the 500cc class in 2000, he won his first premier class Championship Title in 2001. Rossi was only the second ever rider to leave a manufacturer as champion and then win the Championship the following year with a new Manufacturer.

Rossi has had many rivalries throughout his career, most famously with Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo, all of which have sent their best wishes to Valentino on his retirement.

Rossi is not giving-up racing completely, he will be taking part in some four wheel racing in the future as that is his second favorite form of racing, we wish Valentino all the best in whatever he choses to do once he hangs his MotoGP leathers up.

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