Valentino Rossi admits that he still cannot accept the fact that he has retired from MotoGP and will no longer be racing motorcycles in 2022. This he conveyed in the ‘One More Lap’ session on the sidelines of the prestigious motorcycle exhibition, EICMA which was held in Milan, Italy, as quoted by GPOne, Thursday (25/11/2021).
Rossi, who is now 42 years old, announced his decision to retire at the end of the 2021 season last August on the sidelines of the Styria Series. He also had his last race in MotoGP in the Valencia Series on November 14. Now almost two weeks have passed, the nine-time world champion is still unable to move on.
I will miss the adrenaline and the pressure. I will also miss everyone in the paddock, who are like a family. But I will miss everyone the most. become a motorcycle racer,” said Rossi.
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Rossi also stated that he felt upset when he realized that the Sunday he had spent now would feel different, because he no longer had the routine as before when he was still racing in MotoGP. He was also sad that his number of wins, which was recorded as the second highest in history, could not increase.
“My Sundays will never be the same again. I still need time. Luckily, there are still a few months to get used to before the new season starts. I also thought I could get 2-3 more wins, but I ended up at 115. fine, but 116 would be better,” he joked.
In the same event, Rossi met with Popolo Giallo, as his fans call him, who filled the EICMA arena. When Rossi appeared, they also sang chants to praise The Doctor. He also admitted that until now he still couldn’t stop thinking when he saw the stands of the MotoGP circuit filled with fans.
The soul of Rossi’s motorcycle racer will never get old
Seeing the yellow stands, I feel lucky. But sometimes I also position myself as my rivals, maybe they say, ‘ How annoying!'” Rossi joked again.
Rossi also stated that his fans need not worry. The reason is, he will still compete, even though he swerved into a car racing event. Rossi said he would still love the world of motorcycle racing, and promised to visit several MotoGP races while accompanying the VR46 Riders Academy members to compete.
I’m still having fun like 20 years ago. I’m also happy to be a (car) racer, although I don’t know if it’s as fun as MotoGP, which is the best event. I don’t know how I feel later,” he concluded.