At 42 years old, Valentino rossi may be facing his last season as a professional pilot of MotoGP. The Italian, who faces his 22nd year in the top flight, was blunt in answering about the possibility of withdrawal. After the preseason tests, ‘Il Dottore’ gave a virtual press conference, in which he stressed that he wants to continue in competition. «I don’t run to pass the time«, He assured.
After several years in the official team Yamaha, Rossi will be part of the satellite structure of the Japanese brand, Petronas. Next to Franco Morbidelli, they will seek to maintain the good moment that Petronas obtained in 2020, and in this way, improve the year that Rossi had, who only got a podium. Morbidelli, for his part, finished second in the championship.
The Italian assured that the change of team could be something positive for his aspirations in 2021. “There will be fewer people around the bike and the way of working will be different. You can work with racing weekends in mind, rather than bike development, and this is a good thing. I am also satisfied with the technical situation, because I will have the full support of Yamaha.
Goals for 2021
At 42, Rossi knows that he does not have much sports career left. The Petronas driver will not seek to settle for finishing the races or being in the top peloton: he wants to win again. I don’t run to pass the time. This season is very important to me. I come from two years in which the results were below what I expected, so the results will be the key ”.
Far from avoiding the question of whether this year will be the last of his sports career, Rossi is clear when he will communicate the news. «I will make the decision during the summer break, mid-season. That decision will depend on the results; If I am strong and I can fight for the podiums and the victories, I will continue. If it doesn’t happen, no, “Rossi said.
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