Valentino Rossi drops MASSIVE MotoGP retirement hint: Is this when the Doctor will quit? | Valentino Rossi Blog

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Valentino Rossi drops MASSIVE MotoGP retirement hint: Is this when the Doctor will quit?

VALENTINO ROSSI appears to have set his retirement date for 2020, suggesting he will be racing until the age of 41.

Rossi’s name is synonymous with the sport of motorcycle racing, having won seven world titles between 2001 and 2009 including five in a row.
However, the 39-year-old seems to show no signs of stopping, even riding with a broken leg last year after a training accident.
And when discussing the decision of Herve Poncharal’s Tech 3 to end their relationship with Yamaha and whether he would consider starting his own satellite team to replace them, the Italian appeared to let slip his plans for the future.
“I didn’t expect Poncharal to leave Yamaha,” Rossi said
“We thought about it and it would have been a great opportunity, but in the next two years, we will not make a MotoGP team with Yamaha.
“I'll probably race for the next two years, so hopefully, we'll talk about the team later when I stop - but not in 2019 or 2020."
Rossi has made no secret of his desire to remain in the sport even after he eventually hangs up his helmet.
The legendary rider owns Sky Racing Team by VR46, often just known by his initials and race number, which compete in the Moto2 and Moto3 series.
And the departure of Tech3 would appear to open the door for Rossi to get his team into MotoGP, a move which in turn could ease him into retirement.
“Tech3 is a small company, which has to think about the future and has to weigh the different options," Poncharal said earlier this week.
"We've been offered a deal, that includes something we've been waiting for almost since we started with Tech3 and I couldn't say no.
"But obviously, we are the Monster Yamaha Team until the last lap of the Valencia GP 2018.
"I had some discussions with them [Yamaha], where I said, 'Can you have six bikes on the grid?' They said 'No, too many'.
"I said, OK, if you had a request from VR46 and Tech3, who would be the priority?' '[The answer was] VR46.' So this is clear."

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