Valentino Rossi has announced he will hang his helmet after MotoGP 2021. The decision was conveyed in a press conference held on Thursday (5/8/2021) at the Red Bull Ring Circuit, Austria.
The 42-year-old admitted his decision to retire was not an easy one. Even so, Rossi claimed to have made a long, fun journey in the MotoGP arena.
“I decided to quit at the end of this season, it’s a very sad moment. It’s not easy to know I won’t be racing in MotoGP next year,” Valentino Rossi said at a press conference.
The retirement decision he took as his performance decreased and difficult to compete with young riders. Since MotoGP 2017, Rossi has started to lose his spurs. He who was the runner up of MotoGP 2014-2016 only managed to finish 5th in 2017.
In the 2018 MotoGP season, Rossi’s performance improved with a 3rd place finish. However, in 2019, his achievements again decreased by placing 7th in the final standings. Valentino Rossi’s performance was further blocked in MotoGP 2020 with a 15th-place finish. In fact, worse, he has not won a race since the Dutch MotoGP in 2017.
With his declining performance and difficulty competing with young riders, many have suggested him to retire. Since then the issue of Rossi retiring from MotoGP has been growing louder.
However, the nine-time world champion is still confident of appearing in MotoGP. At MotoGP 2021, Rossi decided to move from Yamaha’s Monster Energy team to Yamaha’s Petronas satellite team.
Unfortunately, with his new team, Rossi was also unable to return to his best performance. Until the middle of the 2021 MotoGP season, Rossi was 19th with 17 points from 9 MotoGP races in 2021. He is currently 139 points adrift of the top of the 2021 MotoGP standings, Fabio Quartararo. In fact, in the last race in the Netherlands, Rossi performed poorly, starting from 12th, he finally finished 21st.
The Doctor’s inability to compete in MotoGP this season has made him even closer to the decision to retire. Rossi then asked for time to think carefully about his future decisions.
Until finally, before entering the 2nd motoGP 2021, Valentino Rossi’s future was finally answered. Through a press conference on Thursday (5/8/2021) night, Rossi declared his retirement after MotoGP 2021.