Valentino Rossi retires

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Geoff738, Aug 5, 2021.

  1. Geoff738

    Geoff738 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    8,032
    Joined:
    May 11, 2007
    Location:
    Toronto
    At the end of the season. The end of an era for sure.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
  2. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,838
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2016
    Location:
    Midwest, USA
    It was fun following him especially in his prime when he did the unbelievable stuff!
     
    pressure likes this.
  3. corrado15

    corrado15 TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    66
    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2021
    Location:
    Wake Forest, NC, USA
    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.

    Davy
     
    pressure and Killing Floor like this.
  4. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,162
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2015
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Weird that I'd read about it here first. I only just started following GP when he was on 250s.
     
    Mission6_OG likes this.
  5. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    28,057
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Location:
    Coolum Beach,Australia
    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....:cool::)
     
  6. Mission6_OG

    Mission6_OG Tele-Meister

    Age:
    43
    Posts:
    455
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2020
    Location:
    Louisiana
    He’s that one guy that really made me want to ride more! Watching him ride was just majestic!
     
    corrado15, pressure and bottlenecker like this.
  7. scooteraz

    scooteraz Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,628
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2007
    Location:
    Peoria, AZ
    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….
     
  8. Dano-caster

    Dano-caster Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    581
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Location:
    Snore'n desert
    Congratulations Mr. Rossi.Thank you for providing us with the thrills of your skills over the years...
     
    corrado15 and pressure like this.
  9. Thin white duke

    Thin white duke Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    47
    Posts:
    2,509
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2017
    Location:
    italy
    So true...
     
    corrado15 and trev333 like this.
  10. swervinbob

    swervinbob Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    49
    Posts:
    2,182
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2018
    Location:
    Texas
    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.
     
    Mad Kiwi likes this.
  11. stxrus

    stxrus Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    69
    Posts:
    8,117
    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Location:
    St. Croix, USVI
    A very impressive resume. Definitely time to get out and enjoy the next phase of his life
     
  12. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    28,057
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Location:
    Coolum Beach,Australia
    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....:cool::D
     
    corrado15, pressure and Pasta Player like this.
  13. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,162
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2015
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    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.
     
    corrado15, Mad Kiwi and Pasta Player like this.
  14. Pasta Player

    Pasta Player Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    403
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2019
    Location:
    Middle America
    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).
    RossiFlicks.png
    If you've ever pushed your bars into a big, fast curve... you'll get that feel (and that knee-scraping) lean.:twisted:

    All hail The Doctor!
     
    corrado15, pressure and bottlenecker like this.
  15. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    28,057
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Location:
    Coolum Beach,Australia
    when I was a teen racing sprint go-karts my racing # was 46..... that always made me smile watching Rossi...;)
     
    corrado15 likes this.
  16. IanMoss

    IanMoss Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    546
    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2021
    Location:
    Australia / NZ
    ...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.
     
    corrado15, pressure and trev333 like this.
  17. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    28,057
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Location:
    Coolum Beach,Australia
    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...:cool:
     
    corrado15, bottlenecker and Mad Kiwi like this.
  18. dented

    dented Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    13,163
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2006
    Location:
    Lake Lanier, Georgia
    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!
     
  19. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,162
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2015
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    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.
     
  20. MojoTrwall

    MojoTrwall Tele-Holic

    Age:
    27
    Posts:
    864
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2019
    Location:
    Paris
    Overdue by 6 years.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.