After 26 seasons, 432 grands prix, 9 world titles and 115 victories, Rossi’s glittering MotoGP profession got here to an finish on Sunday on the remaining spherical of the 2021 season.
The Petronas SRT rider certified tenth and held onto that place in what he described as “the perfect race” of his marketing campaign, earlier than having fun with rapturous celebrations after the chequered flag.
Rossi’s farewell weekend started with him ending Friday apply final on the mixed occasions, however says the actual fact he ends his profession with a high 10 “is vital” as he is ready to say he ended his time “with the highest 10 riders on the planet”.
“[It] was a very, actually particular weekend,” Rossi mentioned in his remaining debrief as a MotoGP rider on Sunday night.
“I didn’t anticipate it like this. I used to be a bit anxious in regards to the final weekend of my profession since you at all times assume on this second for a very long time and also you don’t understand how you’ll really feel, or if you’ll be able to keep focused on the race, and in addition if you’re unhappy.
“Nevertheless it was an excellent weekend from Thursday. I acquired a variety of surprises, from the bikes of the [past] championships [I won], and in addition my riders utilizing my helmets.
“It was very emotional. Additionally, nice help and nice respect from all of the individuals within the paddock and all of the MotoGP riders.
“Particularly it was an excellent weekend already from yesterday, I rode effectively and immediately within the race I used to be capable of arrive within the high 10. So, it means I shut my lengthy profession with the highest 10 riders on the planet.
“That is so vital for me, it means loads, and I can use this consequence for a very long time as a result of I can say in my final race I completed within the high 10.”
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Rossi says he approached his remaining race as if he was combating for the world championship, however notes it was troublesome to have that mindset given the “strain” he was beneath.
“To start with we labored effectively with my group,” he added.
“And yesterday already from the morning, the bike actually improved from Friday and I begin to really feel good from FP3.
“This is essential. Additionally, from Saturday to Sunday we improved, additionally Pecco [Bagnaia] helped me to remain within the high 10 [in FP3] and go on to the Q2 and begin within the high 10.
“You are able to do actually one other race [starting from the top 10]. Additionally, immediately I really feel the motivation and the focus like if I needed to play for the championship as a result of the final race is the final race, it’s crucial.
“It’s not simple as a result of already from Monday I’ve a variety of strain, a variety of issues to do. However for me a very powerful factor was to attempt to be aggressive within the race as a result of I’m nonetheless a rider, and it’s an excellent emotion.
“At the moment I rode very effectively, I by no means made any errors, and I gave my most from the start to the tip.”