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Rossi: "The worst moment has already passed; it was when I decided to retire"

The Italian will take part this Sunday in the 432nd Grand Prix on his service record, a figure that will be frozen forever. Ironies of fate, the race will be held on November 14, 2021, figures that, added (14 + 11 + 21), give 46, the number with which he became a legend.

A total of 26 seasons, nine world championship titles (seven of them MotoGP ), 89 victories and 199 podiums. A track record that, combined with his impact on the broader sporting spectrum, makes him the most inclusive motorcyclist ever. A global icon who shares a plane with Michael Jordan , Muhamed Ali or Ayrton Senna , who this Sunday will put an end to his career in this championship, to enroll in new adventures that will take him on four wheels.

Before this last dance, Valentino Rossi starred in an exceptional appearance, immediately after posing with all the prototypes with which he was proclaimed champion, moved to the Cheste circuit for the occasion.

“I want to try to make this a normal race, but it is impossible. Having all the bikes with which I was champion is something very nice”, commented Il Dottore .

Of the nine models, the one from Tavullia has all of them except the three from Honda. One of them, the first, with which he won the title in 2001, should also be at home, but the golden wing brand retracted when he found out, at the end of 2003, of his signing for Yamaha (2004).

“I have all the bikes at home, except the Hondas . I have spoken with Alberto [Puig , HRC team manager] and I have asked him. In fact, that Honda is mine, and I even have the hole at home. But I never arrive. I would love for Honda to change its mind and give it to me”, revealed the still- riding Sepang Racing Team (SRT) rider.

About the moment he lives in Valencia , Rossi continued with the same speech he has been giving since in Austria, on the first date after the summer break, he announced that he would hang up the monkey at the end of the course.

“The worst moment has already passed. That was when I decided to stop running, in June. That was hard, because if I had been more competitive, I would have continued”, continued the multi-champion, who assured that he will return to the paddock next year, even though he does not know how it will suit him.

“I don’t know how it will feel to come to the paddock without competing. I still don’t know if I’ll like it or not, if I’ll enjoy it or not”, Rossi clinched.

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