There is a moment in the life of every sportsman, when the results obtained sanction the end of his or her career. And maybe, unfortunately, that moment has also arrived for Valentino Rossi.
Last Sunday at Le Mans, Valentino Rossi collected the third consecutive zero in the standings. After crashes in the second race at Misano (he had almost reached the podium in the first one) and in Barcelona, Rossi immediately left the scene also on the French circuit going on the ground alone in turn 3. A mistake, this one, that definitively excluded him from the race for the world title.
Despite the announcement of signing with Petronas for 2021, there are some rumors coming from Spain about the possible purchase of the Pesaro-based Avintia team. According to Radio Catalunya, the VR46 company, owned by Valentino Rossi, would have bought the rights from Esponsorama Ducati. The plan is to have in 2021 his brother Luca Marini, leader of the Moto2 world championship, and Enea Bastianini sit on the two bikes in MotoGP. Valentino’s presence in the MotoGP panorama, under whatever role, can only benefit this sport.
Despite his recent inconsistent results in the past seasons, Rossi is one of the few riders still able to fill the stands of the circuits and also the only one who has created a real academy for new talents.
With Marc Marquez out of the title race due to an injury, everyone expected Quartararo to have easy life in winning his first title in MotoGP, but this was not the case, with the Frenchman going into trouble in many races (including yesterday at Le Mans, where he finished ninth). So far Quartararo collected only three wins in nine races.
In short, with Rossi increasingly projected towards a career as a manager and talent discoverer and with riders increasingly competitive, the ingredients to see a competitive and unpredictable MotoGP are all there. There is regret, however, because this seemed to be the last chance to see Rossi conquer his tenth title.