MotoGP » Report: Valentino Rossi to quit MotoGP?

'The Daily Telegraph understands that Rossi... will not race in MotoGP beyond this year'

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Bo - Unregistered

May 08, 2012 10:11 AM

Personally I'd be happy for Rossi to quit and go on to race sportscars etc. He will be a legend no matter what and can at least walk ok....

More worringly to me is that mid-2011 Jerry Burgess' wife was diagnosed with breast cancer? Hopefully that's going ok but sadly maybe not. That's much more important in my view so good luck to them both should things not being going as well as hoped.

donny - Unregistered

May 08, 2012 10:13 AM

The article about rossi retiring, has also said that the likely departure of j burgess this coming winter, due to personal problems, may of influenced rossi. but who knows.

Pete Lacey - Unregistered

May 08, 2012 10:18 AM

Since Rossi left Yamaha for Ducati, generally speaking MotoGP has been tedious to watch and at times quite boring. It's just not the same racing if the 46 bike is not up front and in the mix. We're just getting used to the new sound of the Moto3 four stroke 250cc singles although I still prefer the 125cc two strokes. The racing however in Moto3 is still exciting and well worth watching. The cream of the crop this year, as it has been since it came into being is Moto2. Those 600cc fours are just fantastic to watch as are those that ride them. The bottom line is, Valentino, please please don't give up. Jump ship if you have to or get those boys at Ducati to give you a bike to compete with and bring back the excitement to MotoGP. The world wants 46 up front.


May 08, 2012 10:19 AM

For those trashing the Telegraph, especially from the guy in Aus, it is not a sensationalist paper and is as far away from a tabloid that you can get tbh. It is a broad sheet that is fairly well respected. Leans slightly to the right so it's not one i buy but it's the sort of paper that attracts older fairly well off people who have nice cars and play golf lol.

Dunno what your Aussie one is like but you are way off on this one.

Now if this was the Sun, Mirror or MCN (now that is almost as sensationalist as Crash :) ) than i might be less willing to believe it.

I hope it aint true tbh, i want him on a good bike challenging all the other top riders and entertaining me!

John South - Unregistered

May 08, 2012 10:27 AM

It must be difficult for him just now. Not only is he struggling for pace, he's struggling to stay relevant. Much like Schumacher in F1, on racedays if people aren't saying how poorly he's doing, they aren't saying anything.

Its been one move too many and the customary inelegance of his departure from the teams he's left has left him with no other doors to knock on. A great one would have stayed and battled Lorenzo on equal bikes at Yamaha - His first teammate in years that wasn't a contracted patsy. He didn't. Pride comes before a fall and all those other tidy cliches come to mind.

In a surprise post racing career move, I expect to see him become Italy's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.


May 08, 2012 10:31 AM

@ Cubikrube

I think it's not so much about the doubtfulness of the reporting. The reporter in question is the paper's top F1 journo and almost certainly wouldn't have gone into print without sources. It's more about trying to fathom the reasons for what seems to be a 'controlled leak'.

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