The one of the iconic stars in the MotoGP paddock – Valentino – turns 40 tomorrow, 16th Feb. His baggage got bulged with nine-Grand Prix World Championship – seven of which are from Premier class.
Graziano Rossi, father of Valentino Rossi, spoke to Italian publication about his son's prolonged participation at the highest level of motorcycle racing, despite turning 40-years-old on Saturday.
Graziano, who has previously raced in 70s and 80s, is very pleased that his son will go beyond the limit and stay even more years in MotoGP. Blatantly, he has said that Vale could “race until he is 46.” If he retires at the age 46, this will make a trumped up ending of his legendary number “46” on his bike throughout his career.
In fact, Rossi hasn’t won any races last year mainly due to the struggling of Yamaha M1. With that being said, Graziano is quite confident that this year, Rossi “arrives very well, because the desire to stay young is within every man.”
Graziano continues, saying “Unlike others, he seems to be able to stop the effects of time… Like ten years ago, he is at his best.”
“The adrenaline of riding the bike and staying ahead of the others; the satisfaction of going to sleep and saying ‘today I did the best I could’.”
He adds that Vale has the mindset as it were his first real race, “With the same spirit, the same lightness, the same curiosity of that time ...”
With latest tests in Sepang, Yamaha M1 seems to be in a satisfactory position and significantly Rossi feels good about the modifications. So, upcoming Qatar test and race will feature a battle between the manufacturers expectantly.
As far now, the doctor has been contracted with Yamaha until the end of the season 2020, when he will be 41. And, he also owns the junior class team called Sky Racing Team by VR46 which competes in Moto2 and Moto3.
Hopefully, we are blessed to gaze his skills up as much as possible until he decides to step out of the sport. Watch out Social media for his Birthday Celebrations. #GoRossi #VR46 #Doctor