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).
He also had his last race in MotoGP in the Valencia Series on November 14.
“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 being a motorcycle racer the most,” he continued.
Still Want More Wins
Valentino Rossi also stated that he was upset when he realized that the Sunday he had passed would now feel different, because he no longer had the routine as before when he was still racing in MotoGP.
“My Sundays will never be the same again. I still need time. Fortunately, there are still a few months to get used to before the new season starts,” said Rossi.
“I also thought I could get 2-3 more wins, but it turns out I stopped at 115. That’s a good number, but 116 will be better,” he joked.
In the same event, Rossi met with Popolo Giallo, as his fans call him, who filled the EICMA arena.
He also admitted that until now he still can’t stop thinking when he sees the stands of the MotoGP circuit filled with fans. “Just imagine, how much encouragement they can give me so that I can be excited to go down the track,” said the nine-time world champion.
“Seeing the yellow stands, I also feel lucky. But sometimes I also position myself as my rivals, maybe they say, ‘It sucks!'” Rossi joked again.
Valentino Rossi will continue to race
Valentino Rossi also stated that his fans need not worry.
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.
“My soul as a motorcycle racer will never get old. I still have fun like 20 years ago,” Rossi emphasized.
“I’m also happy to be a racer (car), although I don’t know if it’s as fun as MotoGP, which is the best event. I will also be present at several races, although somehow I will feel later,” he concluded.