A Motorcycle Racer Retires, and the Sports World Takes Notice
MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is retiring, but only from bikes. If you're paying attention, this might get interesting.
I've said this before, but MotoGP is amazing. It is the peak of international motorcycle racing, a series that lives up to every bit of its "Formula 1 on two wheels" hype. Its stars are men of obvious and staggering talent, the kind of people whom you watch in stupefied awe, even if you don't know the slightest bit about what they're doing.
Interesting stuff, at least to me. The common-man relevance here is the possible new world rising -- the idea of athletes being seen as all-round athletes, not specialists, and a sports scene, no matter the discipline, where exposure potential is almost as important as talent. Rossi's retirement has made a lot of people outside the motorcycle world take notice. What comes next? Does he have the potential to effect real change in the way people view sports stars, or is this just a blip, an anomaly?
To close things out, I give you footage of Rossi testing an F1 car at Mugello in Italy. Food for thought, to say nothing of a wicked noise.
Valentino is NOT retiring! He tweeted it was all bulls**t folks.
Take no notice of british tabloids!!
Wow. This is a big surprise. While he has struggled since moving to Ducati last year, it seemed like they were making good progress with the bike this year to being more competitive with the factory Hondas and Yamahas. And the change to 1000cc was expected to help Ducati close the performance gap as well.
Maybe the death of his good friend Marco Simoncelli affected him more than expected....
Rossi really enjoys rally car racing. I wonder if he'll persue that route instead. More money to be made in F1 though....
It`s better than getting your head run over like Semolina !
Get out before he dies.
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