Even though Valentino Rossi's winless streak has now passed the two-year mark, few would dare to claim that he is no longer one of MotoGP's most bankable assets.
At the age of 40, Rossi remains grand prix racing's best-known, most popular and most marketable star - and while Marc Marquez has already broken many of his records and is creeping up on some of his bigger milestones, he does not yet command the attention 'the Doctor' receives.
Yet it's an equally inescapable fact that MotoGP is cruising towards its post-Rossi era. Right now he is comfortably the oldest full-timer on the grid, and next year Rossi is poised to become the first 41-year old to contest a complete schedule in the championship's modern era. Perhaps when he does eventually leave, the impact of Rossi's exit from the grid will turn out to have been overstated - but it's certain promoters aren't exactly delighted at the prospect.