Rossi denies the passage of time: front row in Montmeló and will continue in 2021

Rossi denies the passage of time: front row in Montmeló and will continue in 2021

The seven-time MotoGP champion makes his renewal with Yamaha official and achieves a third place that eluded him since 2009

Rossi denies the passage of time: front row in Montmeló and will continue in 2021

At 41, Valentino Rossi no longer asks so much. A while ago, he demanded victories and a World Championship candidacy to continue racing in MotoGP, but now he just wants fun. “Go fast, make podiums and fight to be among the top five in the championship”, are his requests to Yamaha and so he could compete until 60.

In the last days, as always happens when he is going to sign a renewal, it was rumored that he would finally reveal the date of his retirement, which is already preparing to be team manager for 2022, that his students – Morbidelli, Bagnaia, Marini, Bezzecchi …- they anxiously wait for him to become boss, but he finally denied everything.

This Saturday he made official that he will continue to run next year, he warned that if everything goes well, he will also do it the next and signed the new contract with his best Saturday of the season. For the first time, he was placed in the front row of the grid only behind Morbidelli and Quartararo himself; a success that eluded him in Montmeló since 2009.

Despite the fact that this season he has only been on the podium once and that his Yamaha has suffered several breakdowns, the seven-time MotoGP champion is happy to be still there among his teenage friends. After 'retiring' the last great Italian generation, with Max Biaggi or Loris Capirossi and losing his friend Marco Simoncelli , he now enjoys sponsoring future title contenders such as Morbidelli and Bagnaia. And so on, until he gets tired.

“Last year I was very frustrated. After Le Mans I lost my way and suffered a lot in Mugello, in Assen, in Sachsenring, in Aragon, in Valencia … I said to myself: 'If this continues, better not continue'. But Now the team is working well and I can go fast. These results are what keep me going for another year, “explained Rossi, who had been struggling with Yamaha for weeks to build the new stage to his liking. The Italian will no longer continue in the official team, in which Viñales and Quartararo will remain and, although he will have the same equipment as them, he has had to make other resignations.

At Petronas Yamaha he will be accompanied by David Muñoz as technical director or Matteo Flamigni as telemetrician, but they will not be mechanics he trusts like Alex Briggs and Brent Stephens . A resignation that has saddened him, but that he has had no choice but to accept. After all, at 41, Rossi no longer asks for so much.

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