Valentino Rossi to Retire at the End of 2021 Season

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung
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Nine World Titles and 115 Grand Prix victories for the Doctor

Valentino Rossi announced that he will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2021 MotoGP season. The nine-time World Champion confirmed his decision during a press conference today, just as the 2021 MotoGP season resumes from its mid-summer break for the Michelin Grand Prix of Styria in Spielberg, Austria.

“Unfortunately, this will be my last half-season as a #MotoGP rider” ? @ValeYellow46 announces his retirement at the end of 2021! ?️ #VR46Decision

— MotoGP™? (@MotoGP) August 5, 2021

The Doctor will retire as one of the most decorated grand prix racers of all time. Over his 25-year career, Rossi has won 115 races, including 89 in the premier class, and appeared on the podium 235 times. He is the only rider to win world titles in the 125, 250, 500 and MotoGP categories.

Rossi won his first world title in 1997, capturing the 125cc championship for the Nastro Azzurro Aprilia Team, winning 11 of 15 races. He won the 250cc class title in 1999, again for Aprilia, before making the jump to the 500cc class the following year. Rossi then won five world titles in the world, first as a Honda rider for the 2001 500cc class and the first two MotoGP class titles in 2002 and 2003. The following year, he joined Yamaha and won more MotoGP titles in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009.

valentino rossi to retire at the end of 2021 season

In 2011, Rossi left Yamaha to race for Ducati but could not produce the same results on the Desmosedici. Rossi returned to the Yamaha fold in 2013, and though he never won another title, he did experience a resurgence, finishing second three times in a row from 2014 to 2016, and third in 2018.

This season, Rossi moved from the factory Yamaha team to the Petronas SRT satellite team for what will be his final season.

valentino rossi to retire at the end of 2021 season, Valentino Rossi Dutch MotoGP 26 June 2021
Valentino Rossi, Dutch MotoGP, 26 June 2021

Though he is retiring from racing, Rossi won’t be leaving the MotoGP paddock completely. Next year, he will be bringing his VR46 venture to the premier class as a satellite Ducati team.

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  • Mackja Mackja on Aug 06, 2021

    Great career, great champion, bravo Valentino, bravo!!

  • Imtoomuch Imtoomuch on Aug 06, 2021

    It's sad to see him go, but congrats to Rossi for being a legend and also a class act while whopping up.