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Dovizioso: “Rossi has earned on the track to be the only rider who can compete even without fighting for the title”

Jun 11, 21 | 01:45 PM
Andrea Dovizioso y Valentino Rossi en una rueda de prensa.
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Belén Lázaro Hernández
motosangp.com editor – Life is Racing

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Italian veteran Andrea Dovizioso has weighed in on reports of Valentino Rossi’s career ending this summer. Dovizioso believes retirement doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

In Spain has emerged the hypothesis of a possible retirement of Valentino Rossi this summer, remember that the Italian will decide his future depending on the next races. However, this information is unfounded since the MotoGP champion has the feeling that he can still renew one more year since Rossi considers that the results come from Sachsenring and Assen. The nine-time world champion’s parents have spoken to Italian media outlet ‘Il Resto del Carlino’ denying the rumors about Rossi’s retirement. In this way, the hypotheses that had been shuffled that Valentino Rossi would get off the bike before the end of the year is discarded.

Outside Rossi’s inner circle, Andrea Dovizioso has also spoken about the nine-time world champion. The three-time MotoGP runner-up (2017, 2018 and 2019) emphasized that “heart and passion always rule the soul of the riders”.

“The end of a competitive career is just the inevitable closing of a cycle”

The two Italians have shared much of their career on a motorcycle and, despite not being friends due mainly to their rivalry on the track, Dovizioso is one of those who best knows the rider Rossi and therefore could not avoid talking about the Italian and the rumors about his future: “The heart and passion always rule in the soul of the riders. Valentino will decide when to stop”.

Dovizioso has spoken in statements collected by the newspaper ‘Marca’ and said that Rossi has no pressure in the fight to win the world title and that this award has earned it after so many years on the bike: “He is the only rider who has the opportunity to compete even without fighting for the world title. A status he has earned on the track. However, it’s not nice to see him away from the front positions. His results this year are different from those of the past. He will analyze them and reason accordingly”, said the Italian rider.

Dovizioso also talks about retirement on the bike as a not necessarily bad moment, a message for Rossi: “The end of a competitive career is just the inevitable closure of a cycle. He will face it when he wants to, but a retirement is not necessarily a bad thing”.

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