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End of an Era: MotoGP Legend Valentino Rossi to Retire by Year's End

By May 8, 2012

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Valentino Rossi to retire

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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Comments
May 8, 2012 at 9:24 am
(1) Ltr4ever says:

Who cares? Does anyone watch this crap?

May 8, 2012 at 9:36 am
(2) Pete says:

Rossi is in the midst of a perfect storm.
- He, everyone in fact, underestimated how good Stoner really is. Stoner is the kind of rider who can bull dog a poor handling bike and make it perform. He might be the only one who can do it.
- Rossi is probably unbeatable on a bike that works well.
- The Ducati came as a very rude shock to him.
- The pressure and expectations to make the Italian dream team work must have been right off the scale. The fact it doesn’t work, makes it even worse.
- He has eaten some words recently….a few years ago he told Honda the rider was more important than the engineers. HRC came back last week and said “prove it”.
- Apparently the death of Simoncelli hit him a lot harder than pretty much anyone knew.
- He’s 33…as sure as the sun rises, sooner or later he was going to slow down. Riding those monsters is a young(er) persons game.
- He is not going to retire – yet. He has already stated he will sign for 2013 if there is clear improvement…that may have come this past Sunday.
- His little outburst (“This bike is unrideable”) was as calculated a move as this sport has ever seen.
Was he frustrated beyond belief? Yes.
Was that designed specifically to put pressure on the factory? Yes.
- Whatever happens in the next couple years, he will remain the best that ever raced a bike.

May 8, 2012 at 10:59 am
(3) cdm says:
May 8, 2012 at 11:32 am
(4) Pete says:

What’s not true? The retirement bit? We’ll see.

May 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm
(5) Pete says:

Rossi wrote on his official Twitter page (@ValeYellow46): “The rumors about my retirement at the end of the year are not true!”

May 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm
(6) Basem Wasef - Motorcycles Guide, About.com says:

I certainly hope they’re not true– I think we all know he’s capable of a tremendous comeback!

Basem

May 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm
(7) Doc Robinson says:

Crap? This is the highest level of motorcycle racing in the world with a huge international audience and is immensely popular. One day an American will once again be world champion although that day is a long way off at this stage of the proceedings. Meanwhile, Go Casey!

May 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm
(8) Pete says:

Ignore him…he tosses out that sxxx just to see who bites…guys like him troll forums with nothing especially intelligent to say.
Little doubt you’re right about it being a very long time before anyone from this side of the puddle wins a world championship.
As long as the AMA/DMG is running the show, the young talent is pretty much strangled, or simply resign themselves to “Why bother?”

May 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm
(9) mikehannan says:

It is hard for anyone who is not a European to get a ride in MotoGP. All of the feeder cats are based in Europe and you need to be racing those as a teenager. Stoner’s family sold their home and moved to Europe when he was about 16 to give him a shot at the big time. Not many parents are prepared to take that risk. The quickest way to improve the sport would be to take management away from the Spanish outfit that currently run the thing and get it focussed on the new middle class arising in Asia. Four rounds on the Iberian Peninsular is ridiculous! In the mantime, I hope Ben gets the US flag flying soon or the Brit Crutchlow will have his seat on a Yammy. Mike

May 10, 2012 at 9:35 am
(10) me says:

I don’t care with whatever Pete’s comments…

May 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(11) Ted says:

I think the problem is with the bike and MotoGP now a days. Right now, the FIM Superbike series is more entertaining and more fun to watch. Sort out the new bike and the new rules and see what happens.

May 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(12) Ted says:

I think the problem is with the bike and MotoGP now a days. Right now, the FIM Superbike series is more entertaining and more fun to watch. Sort out the new bike and the new rules and see what happens.

May 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm
(13) Brett954 says:

Well that would really suck. I do believe that it has a lot to do with the bikes he is riding… Put him back on the Yamaha!

May 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm
(14) Pete says:

MotoGP – take a lesson. Watch the WSBK race from Donnington. That is racing at it’s very best! No 3 bike parades.
5 or 6 bikes trading paint and the lead changing twice in the same corner.

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