Hello everyone! Valentino’s podium, which was missing from seventeen GPs, I was struck above all by one thing: satisfaction, the uncontainable joy of 46. The podium in the world championship is always a great feat, Rossi hasn’t been fast enough, and above all, for too long for months he had been looking for confirmation of his degree of competitiveness and this damned pandemic complicated things for him. And I understand all of this well. But perhaps I also glimpse a possibility that a little bitter: Could Valentino have resigned himself to not being the Doctor anymore?
In these days there has been a lot of talk about the new setting of his M1 and although no one has clarified what it is, we have all seen a very different Rossi from the first race in Jerez. Of this we’ll talk to Bernardelle later in the GP and I really hope that our engineer will clarify our ideas. Something happened, Valentino was breaking away, fighting, he kept a great rhythm, all right. But he lost the comparison with Vinales, took a big pay from Quartararo, would have suffered Morbidelli’s overtaking. In short, here too his would have been the last Yamaha. Yet she was overjoyed.
I was a huge fan I would say: wait to judge, it only took five seconds from the winner, from the next race he takes another step and a couple of GPs wins them. I would be a detractor I would say: boiled, with Marquez, and Bagnaia, and Morbidelli, and maybe Miller and Crutchlow, he would have finished eighth … But I am simply his “qualified admirer”, one who has studied him since his first world race in ’96, and I only say: if he is happy with his race, we are happy too.
Because I believe that Valentino Rossi, after all he has done in motorcycling, deserves our solidarity but above all our trust: if there is one who understands this, it is unquestionably him; if there is one who has the right to leave MotoGP only when you feel like it, to ask Yamaha for an extra effort, to change technicians and setup every Sunday, perhaps even simply with the imagination, that is the pilot of Tavullia.
Maybe, I say maybe, he himself knows he won’t win a GP anymore. As I suggested in the opening, perhaps it has reduced its objectives. It’s possible. But even if it were? At forty-one, that’s where he fights with drivers who are twenty years younger than him, he is a stimulus for everyone and he has a thousand things yet to teach. That’s enough for us.