TAVULLIA – Valentino Rossi’s future in MotoGP is being hit by various unpleasant rumors. He is even said to have a chance to retire before the 2021 MotoGP is completed.
In the midst of this condition, former MotoGP racer Marco Melandri also commented. According to him, Rossi was finally able to take the step of retiring because he could not stand being outdone by the young racers in MotoGP.
Melandri admitted, The Doctor -Valentino Rossi’s nickname – now has difficulty competing in MotoGP because his racing style is indeed different from that of young racers. Like outdated, Rossi still maintains his racing style in the past.
This condition makes Rossi finally find it difficult to get sweet results. The Italian racer has slumped in the last few seasons.
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Rossi’s efforts to get up this season with the Petronas Yamaha SRT didn’t seem to be going well. Instead of gaining sweet results, the nine-time world champion continues to fall to the bottom.
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Of the seven races that have been held, the 42-year-old racer has even just packed 15 points. Rossi is 100 points adrift of Fabio Quartararo in the 2021 MotoGP standings. Now, he is only in 19th position.
“He can’t take it anymore. Unfortunately, age can’t lie. Look at the other racers during the race. Valentino Rossi rides a motorcycle in a certain way, Quartararo has a much different position,” Melandri said, as quoted from Tutto Motori Web, Wednesday (9/6/2021).
“Times have changed. Look at the young drivers, Martin, Binder, Bagnaia, Quartararo, they are already driving in a different way than the previous drivers like Zarco and Morbidelli.
“Every five years there is a change of generations. And that is something that has to be accepted, nothing else can be changed,” Melandri said.
Rossi himself is now being rumored to have opened up the opportunity to retire in the middle of the 2021 season. That way, he may end his contract with Petronas Yamaha early.