Ducati hat-trick and Bagnaia’s victory on Valentine’s Day: farewell and 10th place

VALENCIA – The Ducati hat-trick on the day of Valentino Rossi. The last act of the 2021 World Championship on the Valencia circuit goes to archive with the success of Francesco Bagnaia in front of the Desmosedici of Jorge Martin (Pramac) e Jack Miller. But the proscenium is all of Valentino who at Ricardo Tormo closes his story that is down to the legend with a superstar acclamation.

The doctor closes in tenth place and the party is all for him: the tears and the homage of the rivals spring up: the Suzuki welcomes him in the pit lane with an eloquent banner “Thanks for the show” and fourth rare, the fresh world champion, honors him on his return lap. The man from Pesaro, moved, walked the return lap between fireworks and smoke bombs, metaphorically greeting all motorcycle enthusiasts, with his “Thank you” on the back of his suit clearly visible.

Ai Box is hoisted on his M1, cheered like a superhero and embraced by Danilo Petrucci that next year will compete in the Dakar. Pecco Bagnaia honors him. «With a helmet like this I could only win. But the best thing about today is Vale: it is having dedicated everything to him. It’s amazing what he has given us all. The embrace with Vale was beautiful. I wanted to convey all my gratitude to him: without him I would not be like this, in that embrace I tried to make him understand the good we want him ».

Valentino Rossi (Petronas SRT)

Valentino’s farewell: “An excuse to make a mess”

The mural, the thanks on the Ricardo Tormo curve, the world champion Fabio Quartararo who ends his lap with the Valentino flag. And again Fireworks, yellow flags. Bow to the crowd, hugs and Valentino who greets all his colleagues and riders one by one. Valentino Rossi’s latest after almost thirty years of career in the world championship (debut in 1996 in the 125 class) with nine world titles won (five of which won consecutively between 2001 and 2005) is a triumph. The only rider in the history of the world championship to have won the title in four different classes: 125 (1), 250 (1), 500 (1) and MotoGP (6).

Irony is his trademark. The irony, the trademark “Quitting was an excuse to make a mess.” «I’m happy to have had a good race. I finished in the 10 best drivers in the world. Slowly I will understand that I have stopped, but for now I live it only as the last of the season. I was fine, maybe even stopped next year … Doing stage diving like Jim Morrison in Los Angeles had always been my dream. I wanted to do it already at Mugello, but I was afraid they would never find me again ». Valentino then added: You don’t know how proud I am to have gone fast, this morning I woke up with the desire to do a good race. I was inspired, I love having left that way. In the next few years I will be able to say that I finished tenth and last but not least. Yesterday when the guys from Moto2 and Moto3 showed me the helmets, I got excited, it was tough but very nice. Today it was nice to see them on the track ». In the pits the companion Francesca Sofia Novello moved. “You are the most beautiful emotion of my life” his tribute at the end of the race. And then the emotion: “I’m sorry to be close to him for only 4 years: the emotions are always strong, I don’t dare to imagine what I would have felt if I had been next to him in the period in which he was winning everything”. On paternity: “He asks me so many questions, he’s very curious.”

The embrace of the pilots, but also that of social networks. From Jovanotti to Ronaldo, many wanted to greet him. A great friend of Vale, the singer went to visit 46 before leaving for Valencia. «I took a ride in Tavullia to say goodbye to #thegreatest and his bike – he writes on Instagram, posting a photo with Valentino – the atmosphere is that of a beginning, rather than the end of something. Even if on Sunday there will be something to be moved as in the great encores at the end of the epic concerts, just like in the concerts the music remains in the air and in the hearts forever. And the artist … is already thinking about the next song. Full speed ahead doctor! ». Materazzi and Zanetti refer to it on social networks with the photo of their meeting at San Siro, a great Inter fan. Conte and Mourinho applaud him on Twitter, as Donnarumma, Fognini, Pennetta, Coni, the A. Tamberi series make him “a source of inspiration”. «A friend of the Ferrari team» – writes the Ferrari profile «Good luck for everything from all of us». Lewis Hamilton dedicates a passage from his Interlagos conference to him: «Everything he did is incredible, a legend. Probably the best ». In the photo, a moment of the Valencia exchange, with the two drivers on the track driving each other. It was 2019.


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