As he will put an end to his career at the end of the Valencia Grand Prix, Valentino Rossi presented himself at a press conference and admitted that the event will be special even if he wants everything to go as usually.
The 2021 edition of the Valencia Grand Prix will be the end of an era for MotoGP. This 18th and last round of the season will be the last race of legend Valentino Rossi. Before the first tests on the Ricardo-Tormo Circuit this Friday, the nine-time world champion presented himself to the press. A last season that “The Doctor” admitted to be “special”, especially since the announcement of his retirement at the end of 2021 on the sidelines of the Austrian Grand Prix. “I got a lot of great messages, a lot of support, especially from all the other drivers,” said Valentino Rossi at the press conference. The pilots of today, but also those of the past, all my opponents. That was great. “If he confided to be” quite sad from a certain point of view “, the child of Tavullia assured that” the hardest moment “was the decision making. “Around June, when I had to make my decision, it was hard because if I had been more competitive I would probably have continued, but I had to stop so it was a pretty difficult period, said the Italian. But now I feel pretty good. »This 432nd and last Grand Prix race, at the end of a career started in 1996, Valentino Rossi wants “to try to make her normal but that is not possible”.
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Rossi: “My life will change if I am no longer a MotoGP rider”
While a large part of his opponents on the starting grid made the trip for the occasion and he was able to review all the bikes on which he was crowned world champion, “The Doctor” admitted that “it’s a big emotion” before this last weekend. ” I will try to give the maximum during the weekend, he added. I hope we can have good weather this weekend, especially Sunday, and we’ll see. “Admitting to wanting to try to” act normally because usually the Valencia race is a good time, it means that the holidays start after a season which has been long “, Valentino Rossi is aware that it will not be a race like the others. ” I tell myself that from Monday it will be different, it will be another life, added the one who has worn the number 46 all his career. I try not to think too much like that, especially since I will continue to race in a car and I will remain a driver. I’m gonna try to enjoy this moment, cause for sure my life will change by no longer being a MotoGP rider. A new life which will not however be so far from the motorcycle Grand Prix paddock, he who will have a stable in his name on the grid from 2022 and who will continue to help young riders to develop.