Sad VR46: Valentino Rossi Announces Retirement From MotoGP In A Historic Place For Him

Mugen Daily – Valentino Rossi announced his retirement from MotoGP . In a press conference ahead of the Styrian GP on Thursday 5 August 2021, Rossi announced his retirement.

He announced at a historic place for him, because the Styrian GP was where Rossi won his first grand prix podium in the 125cc class, 25 years ago.

“I decided to stop at the end of the season, so unfortunately this will be my last season as a MotoGP rider ,” said Rossi.

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The Italian driver admitted his decision to retire was a sad decision because he had played the world that catapulted his name for more than two decades.

“It’s difficult, it’s a very sad moment because it’s difficult to say and know that next year I won’t be racing with a motorbike,” he said as uploaded by MotoGP . “I’ve been doing this for about 30 years so next year my life will change,” he continued.

Valentino Rossi has brought down the curtain on his glittering motorcycle racing career after announcing he will retire from the sport at the end of the season.

The legendary Italian rider has been racing in MotoGP since 2000, winning seven world championships since in the premier class, and nine in total over his 25 year career following his debut in the 125cc class in 1996.

But the 42-year-old has struggled badly this term since moving from Yamaha to their satellite Petronas team and admitted it was time to hang up his crash helmet.

For 26 seasons, Rossi is one of the most accomplished competitors in the world of motorsport, the Italian Moto GP winning a record seven premier class titles and nine overall in MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc.

Reporting from the Autosport page, from a total of 414 starts, Rossi has won 115 Grand Prix victories. A total of 89 of them are in the premier class, while a total of 235 podiums, But for the current season maybe the news is not good

Having lost his factory Yamaha slot for 2021, Rossi opted to continue his career into this season with Yamaha backing at the Petronas SRT, but this turned out to be the worst.

And there was also the inhibition of the Moto GP racing world with the outbreak of the corona virus

An ill-fated spell at Ducati for the 2011 and 2012 seasons preceded a return to Yamaha where he narrowly missed out on the 2015 title at the last race to Lorenzo.

But the Italian’s form has slowly declined since, winning just three races since his last serious title charge.

After leaving Yamaha again last year following his worst ever season where he finished 15th in the championship, he has recorded just one top 10 finish this term and is even further down in 19th heading into this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix.

Rossi is likely to remain in the paddock in some form next term, with a presumed larger focus now on the VR46 team he owns and runs in the Moto2 series which supports MotoGP

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Rossi only scored 19 points from the first nine races. As a result, retirement seems certain since this summer vacation.

“It’s 25 or 26 years in the world championship. It was great and I had unforgettable moments with all my team, with everyone who worked for me,” Rossi said in a statement.

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