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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Geoff738, Aug 5, 2021.
At the end of the season. The end of an era for sure.
It was fun following him especially in his prime when he did the unbelievable stuff!
Absolutely end of an era. Glad I got to see him on the podium at COTA a couple of years back. Managed to meet him couple years before that at Indy.
Weird that I'd read about it here first. I only just started following GP when he was on 250s.
It's about time, he has nothing to prove anymore, finishing mid field mostly.... it's a young mans game...
you did good Valentino, retire while you're still alive....
He’s that one guy that really made me want to ride more! Watching him ride was just majestic!
To be fair, he announced his retirement. Not sure how many races between now and then (looks like 9 are for sure and one is a maybe).
I had actually thought he had retired last season when he was leaving Yamaha. Shows how closely I was paying attention….
Congratulations Mr. Rossi.Thank you for providing us with the thrills of your skills over the years...
I had to Google him. I had never heard of him but I never followed this kind of racing. He sure has accomplished a lot.
A very impressive resume. Definitely time to get out and enjoy the next phase of his life
team manager, riding school, media commentary, etc... he'll still be in demand if he wants to stay in the industry..
his experience is invaluable....
Every great one stays in until middle age. Mike Hailwood got out early and then had to come back in 78 because he just had more to do.
Rossi rung it all out. He made me believe he could do it again after he should've been done, several times. He is the GOAT.
Always kinda reminded me of Steve McQueen a bit.
For those that may not be aware / exposed...
there are a few movies covering Rossi (and others).
If you've ever pushed your bars into a big, fast curve... you'll get that feel (and that knee-scraping) lean.
All hail The Doctor!
when I was a teen racing sprint go-karts my racing # was 46..... that always made me smile watching Rossi...
...ended up racing in F1 in the early 70s (a very dangerous occupation indeed!).
Stoner (2x champion) got out while at or near the top.
Doohan (5x champion) was forced into retirement the year after his last championship.
Anyway, just nice to see guys walk away from it.
A guy came up behind me out on a lonely hwy on a Hailwood replica Ducati.... I could see a red/green fairing in my mirror with the rider wearing a pudding bowl helmet and goggles... GF and I are on my mk1 Guzzi ....
he came past in a polite way, just moving through, which gave me a chance to watch him go by as he gave a nod. We settled into a good pace as I stayed with him and we just rode until the next place to stop... we were both going the same way and rode the next few days together to get back to the city where we waved when he split off to go his way...
one of those memorable rides...
That's awesome. So many times I watched him take over a race. Loved his approach and hat's of to a fierce talented competitor!
I didn't realize Doohan was forced out. I remember he was the man, then Biaggi came in. Biaggi started beating him, he retired, and then Rossi got there and Biaggi stopped seeming impressive. That was not long after I started following, so I may have missed some details about how it went down.
I know I read Hailwood was competitive in cars when he retired from motorcycles. He's not the only motorcycle racer who could/did win in cars, but I don't think it ever went the other way. Did it? Rossi has been offered rally and F1 jobs.
Overdue by 6 years.