MotoGP, Rossi “Abandoned” by the Riders-Legend?
A year ago, on the eve of the Brno race, on the official MotoGP website was launched a video with five former great champions of the past (Agostini, Rainey, Roberts, Schwantz, Stoner, mentioned here in alphabetical order …) who praised Valentino Rossi confirming his competitiveness, then in the race for the title of the queen class 2018. Evidently, at the end of the summer break and at the roundabout of the championship in view of the important appointment in Brno, the promoter DORNA had thought of putting pepper to the reopening of hostilities “pushing” the ace of Pesaro by the mouth of “legends” consecrated and known by all. It must be said that, more than an analysis of Rossi and his opponents, on the official website of the MotoGP was launched a “spot-marquete” pro Valentino and promotional for MotoGP so far marked, however, by the domination of Marc Marquez, then leader (165 points against 119 of Rossi 2nd, 109 of Vinales 3rd, 88 of Dovizioso 4th and Zarco 5th, 85 of Lorenzo 6th etc.).), after five wins and two second places (plus two zeros) in the first nine races of the season, demonstrating the superiority of the pair Marquez-Honda that would end with the conquest of the new world title.
As things stand today on the eve of Brno is known, with Marquez tsunami in the first nine rounds after five wins and three second places, at the top of the championship with 58 points lead over Dovizioso, 63 points over Petrucci, 83 over Rins, 99 over Vinales, 104 over Rossi sixth. The Doctor therefore has a gap of 105 points, more than double that of last year, in a different context, much more negative for the 9 times World Champion. We wrote days ago on Motoblog: “Rossi is proceeding with the step of the shrimp because he does not find the compass with respect to the problems of his M1 but especially suffers for the first time in his career the wave of competition from old and new opponents. Valentino remains a pilot but is no longer the Valentino of the triumphal epic of the golden years. And in front of Rossi there is not only a great opponent, in this case the usual “Martian” Marquez or the “usual” Ducati riders, but there are new ravenous “young lions”, some of which (two or even three) just riding those Yamaha accused by the rider from Pesaro. Hence the loss, less and less camouflaged, of Valentino and his team, more and more “on the boat”.
That’s why DORNA was careful not to repeat on the eve of Brno 2019 a pro Valentino video along the lines of that of 2018, perhaps no longer finding even the availability of the five pilots-legends. Agostini himself, in a recent interview with the Quotidiano Nazionale, while returning to praise Rossi for “his ability to have fun and have fun and to be able to get back on his feet even after the hardest setbacks” accentuates his critical analysis: “Valentino does what he can, but he can not keep up and this creates problems for him. Then, along the lines of what others have said in this last period about the future of the Doctor after 2020 or even at the end of 2019, Ago makes his prediction leaving little room for illusions: “It’s worth doing a lot, but the years pass for everyone, they have passed through Maradona, Cassius Clay, Eddy Merckx. They have passed for me too, otherwise I would still be on the track today”. Paolo Simoncelli also says about the “caso-Rossi”: “Time passes for everyone, so he’ll have to deal with it. Obviously he can’t retire in the middle of the season…”. In short, it’s no longer the air of a pro-Rossi spot-marquete. To Valentino, from Brno, the answer. On the track.