It's been a year and a half since 9-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, arguably the greatest rider to ever tackle the world's top tier of motorcycle racing, joined forces with Ducati in what was supposed to be an Italian match made in heaven. But the past 18 months have been disastrous, resulting in crashes and injuries, middling finishes, and a brutal reversal of fortune for the 33-year old racer.
Insider sources have indicated that Valentino Rossi will opt to retire from motorcycle racing by the time his two-year contract with Ducati expires at the end of this season-- if not, sooner, but not likely before the Laguna Seca races in July or Indianapolis event in August.
The Telegraph suggests that chief engineer and mentor Jeremy Burgess's departure from MotoGP might have something to do with Rossi's decision. Also fueling the cause could be his promising performance in race car tests, reinforcing daredevil Travis Pastrana's oft-used phrase, "With age, get a cage."
Wherever he lands, Valentino Rossi's exit from MotoGP racing is sure to leave the sport with an irreplaceable hole.
Source: The Telegraph
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