How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career
The greatest chapter in MotoGP history came to a close at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi bid farewell after 26 seasons of grand prix racing. While his run to a strong 10th was a pleasing end to his time in MotoGP, it was what happened at the front of the grid that capped the Italian's ideal send-off
The future that MotoGP has been pondering for the past two decades has finally become a reality: the Valentino Rossi era has now passed. At the conclusion of Sunday’s Valencia Grand Prix finale to the 2021 season, Rossi’s 432nd start, the Italian legend brought the curtain down on his illustrious 26-year career.
Rossi’s is a career that will never be matched. He won nine grand prix world titles, seven of those in the premier class. He scored a grand total of 115 victories, 235 podiums and 65 poles on 125cc, 250cc, 500cc, 990cc, 800cc and 1000cc machinery. And it wasn't limited to one marque either: along the way, he rode for Aprilia, Honda, Yamaha and Ducati.
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