The MotoGP paddock, gathered in Valencia for the final race of the season, pays tribute to Valentino Rossi. Many surprises for the 9 occasions world champion.
Dorna celebrates Valentino Rossi by bringing the 9 world championships to the Valencia paddock. A pleasant dive into the previous for the MotoGP champion who will race his final Grand Prix right here at Ricardo Tormo. “I’ve all of them at dwelling, besides the Hondas. The 2004 M1 is within the bed room, each morning I get up and see it. However for the reason that Hondas have additionally introduced right here, I requested Alberto Puig for the 500, which is de facto mine, the one they needed to give me. I already had the seat at dwelling, nevertheless it by no means got here. If they offer it to me I will probably be comfortable, I’ll deal with it effectively“.
The Physician’s numbers
There actually are all of the Physician’s closest pals, together with the inseparable Francesca Novello. 9 world titles, 115 victories, 432 GPs, with three manufacturers (Aprilia, Honda and Yamaha) and in 5 displacement lessons (125, 250, 500, 990 and 800) he grew to become champion. Future has it that by including the date of Sunday, 14 + 11 + 21, the consequence provides 46. “We came upon a couple of months in the past, it wasn’t simple to get God to arrange this factor“Jokes Valentino Rossi. There is just one bitterness, not having gained the tenth world championship. “After all 89 MotoGP victories and 199 podiums … it’s kind of of the curse of 9 and that I might have most well-liked to not have. After I completed third in Jerez final yr, I advised myself that perhaps he was the final“.
The final race weekend
There’s nostalgia, however Valentino Rossi will at all times proceed to supply his contagious smile. If any tears fall, it would solely be behind the scenes. In any case, the worst second was deciding to say goodbye. A considerate and formalized selection after the summer season break. Then in Misano the large greeting to the yellow folks. “June was arduous, if I had been extra aggressive I might have continued, however I needed to cease. I really feel fairly good now. In the previous few months I’ve been capable of higher perceive what my profession has been… I do not know what is going to occur on Sunday. Cry? I normally snort, it is my character“.
Friday begins with free apply, qualifying on Saturday, and the race on Sunday. It is going to be a MotoGP weekend like many others in some respects … “We should attempt to have a traditional weekend, that can be the race on Sunday … (laughs, ed). Good ambiance, the tribute from the opposite riders, seeing all of the bikes of my World Championships collectively that provides an thought of how a lot time has handed. I’ve a life left in right here, however above all nice satisfaction and enjoyable. Good to work with so many individuals … I thank everybody“.