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Rossi was “apprehensive” forward of his “particular” remaining MotoGP race

After 26 seasons, 432 grands prix, 9 world titles and 115 victories, Rossi’s glittering MotoGP profession got here to an finish on Sunday on the remaining spherical of the 2021 season.

The Petronas SRT rider certified 10th and held onto that place in what he described as “the very best race” of his marketing campaign, earlier than having fun with rapturous celebrations after the chequered flag.

Rossi’s farewell weekend started with him ending Friday follow final on the mixed occasions, however says the very fact he ends his profession with a prime 10 “is vital” as he is ready to say he ended his time “with the highest 10 riders on the planet”.

“[It] was a extremely, actually particular weekend,” Rossi mentioned in his remaining debrief as a MotoGP rider on Sunday night.

“I didn’t anticipate it like this. I used to be a bit apprehensive concerning the final weekend of my profession since you all the time suppose on this second for a very long time and also you don’t understand how you’ll really feel, or if you’ll be able to keep focused on the race, and in addition in case you are unhappy.

“However it was an amazing weekend from Thursday. I obtained a number of surprises, from the bikes of the [past] championships [I won], and in addition my riders utilizing my helmets.

“It was very emotional. Additionally, nice help and nice respect from all of the folks within the paddock and all of the MotoGP riders.

“Particularly it was an amazing weekend already from yesterday, I rode properly and right this moment within the race I used to be capable of arrive within the prime 10. So, it means I shut my lengthy profession with the highest 10 riders on the planet.

“That is so vital for me, it means quite a bit, and I can use this end result for a very long time as a result of I can say in my final race I completed within the prime 10.”

Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Rossi says he approached his remaining race as if he was preventing for the world championship, however notes it was troublesome to have that mindset given the “stress” he was underneath.

“Initially we labored properly with my workforce,” he added.

“And yesterday already from the morning, the bike actually improved from Friday and I begin to really feel good from FP3.

“This is essential. Additionally, from Saturday to Sunday we improved, additionally Pecco [Bagnaia] helped me to remain within the prime 10 [in FP3] and go on to the Q2 and begin within the prime 10.

“You are able to do actually one other race [starting from the top 10]. Additionally, right this moment I really feel the motivation and the focus like if I needed to play for the championship as a result of the final race is the final race, it’s crucial.

“It’s not simple as a result of already from Monday I’ve a number of stress, a number of issues to do. However for me an important factor was to attempt to be aggressive within the race as a result of I’m nonetheless a rider, and it’s an amazing emotion.

“Immediately I rode very properly, I by no means made any errors, and I gave my most from the start to the top.”

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