Valentino will turn 42 on February 16, 2021. The Italian will again be the oldest driver in MotoGP this season. Having a new role as a satellite team driver, He hopes to be able to set a positive record again this year.
With that age, Petronas SRT Yamaha team rider has gained many positive records in his career. To date, Valentino has achieved 115 victories during his career in various championships (GP 125, GP 250 to MotoGP). Despite his many achievements, he still insists on keeping racing in the hope of continuing to set records.
Then when will Rossi decide to retire from motor racing that raised his name? It is known that he extended his contract with Yamaha for one year. He currently serves as a satellite team driver, although he still uses the manufacturer’s spec motor.
Starting the new season, the owner of the starting number 46 is targeting some expectations and one of them is a winning record of course. But there is one other important thing that holds him back from making retirement decisions.
“I want to chase and beat the record of 122 wins (Giancomo) Agostini.
At least I wanted to scare him a little bit (his record was broken). Age is just a number that shouldn’t negate comfort. As long as I can still compete with the leading racers, then I will continue to race,” Valentino said as quoted by Speedwwek.com.
Valentino even said by his father Graziano Rossi can still race until the age of 46 years. An expression that becomes an injection of extra motivation for the baby.
Speaking of achievements, the former Ducati rider has not won a race since 2017. Even his own MotoGP World Title was last won in 2009. Then his achievements began to decline, although He was still able to win races in some series.
At MotoGP 2020, Valentino had the worst results of his career as a professional driver. Instead of breaking the record, the nine-time World Champion finished 15th in the final standings. He even failed to finish three times and was absent when he contracted coronavirus.