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Has the bell rung for Rossi or will we hear Bells of Tavulia again?

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  • Has the bell rung for Rossi or will we hear Bells of Tavulia again?

    Valentino Rossi is perhaps the greatest of all time in the history of MotoGP and he is, without a doubt, the brightest stars of the show. Even the people who aren't fans agree to that. The yellow smoke that rises from the crowd on every circuit during every race weekend is a screaming testament.



    But time spares no one and the same goes for even the best. Inevitably, Rossi will have to stop racing someday but the declining form, the brunt of age, and a host of touted mechanical troubles have been expediting the arrival of that day.

    The last couple of years have not been kind to Valentino Rossi. With him struggling to get results and his teammate and satellite team racers doing relatively well, there was an announcement not too long ago. In 2021, Rossi does not have a factory seat but he does have an option of joining the satellite team. But does Rossi want that kind of role which people may refer to as a farewell tour? He does not.

    In a recent interaction with BT Sport, Rossi stated that he will continue racing if he feels like he can be fast, competitive, and get results. He does not want a spot on the team just so that he can bid adieu to the sport. The decision on his career was to come around this time during the championship. Rossi had stated that he will make a call basis his performance in the first 6-7 races of the 2020 season.

    Read about our tribute to the legend here.

    With the COVID-19 pandemic at hand, the racing for this year has not even started. And according to his statement, he has to make a decision soon... before the racing even starts. For someone who felt 'strange' not riding a motorcycle for 2 months, imagine what it may feel like to stop racing.

    Rossi went on to say that since 1995, all he has known is racing. He has practically spent his life on circuits. And his statement that despite being strange, he enjoyed being at home and spending time with his family. This may very well point to the bell being rung for Rossi.

    In contrast to that, his statement about the feeling that he had when we went out on the track after so long, tells otherwise. At any rate, Rossi concluded the interview by saying that we may soon have a decision from his end.
    Last edited by NewsReaper; 06-14-2020, 10:29 PM.

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    Re: Has the bell rung for Rossi or will we hear Bells of Tavulia again?

    Yeah, sad day it will be for MotoGP when he retires, but I hope he can at least get 3/4 races this year to finish it off. He is a remarkable sportsman and will be missed.

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      Re: Has the bell rung for Rossi or will we hear Bells of Tavulia again?

      For we, the slightly older bikers, the 30+ guys, a lot has changed over time. From the Pulsar vs Karizma debates, we've come a long way indeed. 2 strokes went away before our eyes, then their parts disappeared from market, the roaring 4 strokes are also going, replaced by the nature's friends, the BS6 machines. Eventually, Electric vehicles will come and BS6 will go.

      One thing that hasn't changed yet... is that we can see Rossi riding every 2nd or 3rd week. A young Rossi was quite a handful for most of his opponents of that time.
      But he's still on the TV, performing whatever his now ageing body allows. That's the good part, which again won't last forever.


      Still, once in a while, when its his lucky day/ track or when it rains, we see him winning/on podium..


      I believe he should fade slowly... Go to a satellite team (rumoured anyways) or go to Moto2 category (quite unlikely in my opinion). There's no reason not to have him in 2021 in a satellite team, he's not that bad even today.
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      Indian riding = Alertness, Anticipation and Adjustment.

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        Re: Has the bell rung for Rossi or will we hear Bells of Tavulia again?

        He is the best judge and going by the standards he has set for himself, I think he will set aside with his head held high - with pride.
        A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

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        • #5
          Re: Has the bell rung for Rossi or will we hear Bells of Tavulia again?

          I wish he stays for many more years, so that he can watch Marquez overtake him, and the Rossi fans let go of their delusion that Rossi is the greatest.

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            Re: Has the bell rung for Rossi or will we hear Bells of Tavulia again?

            Originally posted by HyperRetard View Post
            I wish he stays for many more years, so that he can watch Marquez overtake him, and the Rossi fans let go of their delusion that Rossi is the greatest.
            Delusion? Well, in my opinion, no significant population of fans thinks he's the greatest even today on the grid.

            Rossi hasn't won a championship since 2009. That's 11 years since he was the best... So, who (significant person) says he's the greatest presently? Age has got the better of him. We all know it..

            The concept of fans is not winning. It was never about performance, it was all about love for a person we idolise, or admire.
            Johnny Depp and Nawazuddin Siddiqui might act better actor than Salman Khan. Ya, try convincing this to a fan girl... <3


            For good or for bad, people will not stop loving Rossi... those that still believe he's the best on the grid, are talking from an age neutral point of view, or they're fanboys/girls of the highest order.
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            Brotherhood, Rules, Freedom. Xbhp.
            Indian riding = Alertness, Anticipation and Adjustment.

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              Re: Has the bell rung for Rossi or will we hear Bells of Tavulia again?

              Originally posted by Samarth 619 View Post
              Delusion? Well, in my opinion, no significant population of fans thinks he's the greatest even today on the grid.

              Rossi hasn't won a championship since 2009. That's 11 years since he was the best... So, who (significant person) says he's the greatest presently? Age has got the better of him. We all know it..

              The concept of fans is not winning. It was never about performance, it was all about love for a person we idolise, or admire.
              Johnny Depp and Nawazuddin Siddiqui might act better actor than Salman Khan. Ya, try convincing this to a fan girl... <3


              For good or for bad, people will not stop loving Rossi... those that still believe he's the best on the grid, are talking from an age neutral point of view, or they're fanboys/girls of the highest order.
              Very well said!! We all know that the hallowed Yamaha we have been dreaming for that will become the chariot for Rossi to win his 10th title does not exist.
              Over the last 5-6 years, the greatness of Rossi changed from being the title contender to still being competitive and fun at his age. The fact that he has been doing this for so many years and still have the passion that he shows was the more praised thing.

              Why he still makes sense? People love to watch him race. We are not expecting him to win anymore. We all know that he is up against a super human on 2 wheels and it is out of even Rossi's league to fight for the wins. But to be honest, I genuinely feel he brings some fun to the race, at least a few of the races. He is still a solid middle pack contender.

              Whether anybody is GOAT or not depends upon who is talking about it. Everybody has there reason to love and not love anybody and everybody is right.

              CHEERS!!

              Rachit
              Rachit K Dogra

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                Re: Has the bell rung for Rossi or will we hear Bells of Tavulia again?

                Well, its not about championships always, that is just a points game. He rode to win races and with some flamboyance which is what fans cherished. That he was still able to make podium into his twilight years speaks about his passion and prowess for the sport. But the recent Austrian Moto GP shows that he can no longer keep up with the pack, he may still have the fire but the leaders are way ahead and he cannot sustain the rigor it demands. He should be ready to hang up his boots next year and bid farewell when his memory is still alive with his fans.
                Last edited by sparky; 08-24-2020, 11:21 AM.

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