On 2021 November 14th Valentino Rossi, called ‘’The Doctor’’, has retired after a thirty-years career. A real ‘’End of an Era’’ for everyone who loves motorcycles. Rossi ended his career after 26 seasons of success in Valencia, with a last race where he finished tenth.
Valentino was born in Urbino and grew up in Tavullia where he began to ride motorcycles at the age of 9. Rossi made his debut in 1996 and played 432 races, winning 115, entering the podium 235 times. He competed for three teams: Honda, Yamaha and Ducati. ‘’The Doctor’’ has always loved the number 46 because his father Graziano won the ‘’grand prix’’ with the number 46 in 1979, Valentino’s year of birth. Rossi rode lots of motorcycles, but the most important were ‘’Aprilia RS125’’, ‘’Honda RC211V’’ and the famous ‘’Yamaha Abarth’’. He has a huge Palmarès with 9 world championships, 1 italian championship in 1995, and lots of awards.
It didn’t go always well for The Doctor, in fact he had a terrible motorcycle crash with Marco Simoncelli in Sepang, on 2011 October 23th. Following a contact between Valentino and Simoncelli the twenty-four years old passed away. After the disgrace Rossi lived a moment of shock but fortunately he recovered soon.
Valentino is going to continue his job with motorcycles teaching students of his academy, placed in his own city Tavullia. The academy is called ‘’VR46’’ and facilitates the development of new talents like him. He is an absolute champion and all true sportsmen are going to miss him.