Table of contents:
By now it is more than evident that Valentino Rossi is going to retire from MotoGP without having made peace with Marc Márquez. The Italian pilot is putting an end to his career as a professional pilot and in each interview he is asked about the best and worst moments of his career. In the latter there is always a name: Marc Márquez.
If Rossi has never minced his tongue, now that he is retiring he has less. Thus, he has not hesitated to return to charge against Márquez in a recent interview that he has done for the Italian program Le Iene, on the occasion of his farewell race to Misano in which he won… Marc Márquez.
Biaggi, Stoner and Lorenzo, the best rivals Rossi has ever had
"I have very bad memories of 2015 because I had another great battle with Lorenzo and I had some problems with Marc that made me lose. Never before has a champion been seen running to make another lose and not to win, "explains Rossi when he thinks about that troubled season.
The Italian sentenced that "I regret not having achieved the ten world titles, in Valencia I made a mistake and fell, but this hurt me more. It's a huge shame because I wasn't expecting it and since then it hasn't been the same again.”Rossi refers to the crash in Valencia in 2006, when the MotoGP World Championship ended in the hands of Nicky Hayden.
In fact, when choosing the three best opponents of his career, Rossi forgets about Márquez. 'Il Dottore' opts for three other riders with whom it has had its pluses and minuses: Max Biaggi, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo, although the level of Dani Pedrosa also stands out. Not a word here for the driver who has won the most in the world with him on the track.
On Biaggi, his first great rival, he remembers that "we had a nice rivalry fighting for the world title, it was a bit like a street fight, it was good. When we ran our relationship wasn't wonderful, but now when we see each other we greet each other and talk."
After nine world championships and 115 victories, it is not easy for Rossi to choose his best MotoGP race, but after much thought, he chose South Africa 2004. That one it was his first race with Yamaha, after the controversial change from Honda, and ended with victory after a duel with Sete Gibernau, of whom he says that "at first we were friends, later less".
After 26 years in the World Cup Rossi has only two races left in Portimao and Cheste to say goodbye to MotoGP. The most successful driver on the grid reveals that his future is for racing GT cars in endurance, but he still does not know the category. Everything indicates that it will be in the WEC, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.