Yamaha gave Valentino Rossi the chance to say goodbye to 9,000 fans on Thursday. At the EICMA motorcycle fair, Rossi took a Yamaha M1 in a festive 60-year livery on stage and then spoke about the end of his career. Rossi confessed to his fans that he is struggling to change his life after 26 years in the motorcycle world championship.
“My Sundays will never be the same as they used to be,” regrets Rossi. “I still need some time (to really realize that). Fortunately, there are still a few months left before the new season starts. Thinking about not racing anymore is tough. But there is no turning back. “
“Every now and then I am sad when I realize that I won’t be racing anymore. I lack the adrenaline and the pressure, but also the people in the paddock. Worst of all, however, is the certainty that I am no longer a MotoGP rider “explains Rossi.
Valentino Rossi delighted his fans despite the bad weather
The Italian was celebrated like a rock star at EICMA. Yamaha made every effort to provide the 42-year-old with a worthy stage at the “One More Lap” event. The fans held out well despite the bad weather.
“It was great to see so many fans. It’s a shame that it rained and that it was so cold. But they were very brave and it was really fun,” said the “Doctor”.
Yamaha brought two special gifts to Milan. Rossi received a Yamaha R1 in the GYTR version with noble components and a special paint job. Aldo Drudi, who painted the number 46 helmets for years, was responsible for the design. Rossi also received a children’s cross machine for his future daughter.
With images from Yamaha.