MotoGP, Fonsi Nieto: “Valentino Rossi deserves farewell with full stands”

Fonsi Nieto hopes that Valentino Rossi will be able to end his MotoGP career at the end of 2022. “He deserves a tribute with the stands full.”

414 races, 115 wins, 235 podiums, 65 poles, 96 fastest laps. These are the numbers that make Valentino Rossi legendary, who today celebrates 42 years. The wishes of Giovanni Copioli, president of the IMF, are epic. “I really think that it is that desire still so strong, to race, to ride a motorcycle, to get excited and to excite, to make him always look like a kid“. On social media, there is an explosion of dedications and messages for the Doctor. Including those of his new Petronas SRT team. “Today is a special day, because it is someone’s birthday! So please join us in saying: Happy Birthday Valentino Rossi !! I hope you have a great day!”.

From the VR46 of Tavullia a video to congratulate the big boss. Everyone is there, from Uccio to Albi Tebaldi, from Niccolò Antonelli to Stefano Manzi, from Pecco Bagnaia to the guys of the Sky Racing Team VR46. There are no big celebrations for Valentino Rossi who will share the day with his closest family and sweetheart Francesca Novello.


Fonsi Nieto‘s best wishes come from the columns of the Spanish newspaper ‘AS’. “I don’t know what to say about Valentino. Just take off my hat and wish him to continue for a long time. There is only one thing that I would really like and that is that, the year he retires, there is an audience in the stands” Then he continued “I would not want him to leave with the stands empty like now. Valentino deserves a full year of tribute and that fans can go and say hello. It would just be enough for me, and very nice“.

In a 2021 MotoGP season where empty stands are looming almost everywhere, we should hope that the contract will be extended until 2022. Much will depend on his decision and the managerial choices of the Malaysian team. The figure of Valentino Rossi can be useful not only for marketing, and it is no small thing. But also to gain experience in the box and inside the paddock. It remains to be seen how the ballot will be handled for the Yamaha satellite team. It is not to be excluded that the champion from Tavullia can continue in his VR46 team riding an M1. “Every person who wears a helmet – concluded the Pramac team coach – must be grateful to Valentino Rossi for what he has done for the bikes“.


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