Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP victory drought?
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Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP victory drought?

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It is over three-and-a-half years since the Italian national anthem rang out to declare a Valentino Rossi victory in MotoGP. To some onlookers his move out of the factory Yamaha squad meant the 2017 Dutch TT could remain his final win but, after an encouraging transition at Petronas SRT, hope is far from lost

The world seems to get itself into an increasingly unpredictable state of flux with each passing year, but one thing that pleasingly stays the same is Valentino Rossi’s continuing MotoGP career.

The 2021 season will be Rossi’s 26th in grand prix racing, a journey that started back in 1996 in the 125cc class and has wound its way through nine world titles in total – seven of which in the premier class – 115 victories (89 of those in MotoGP) and a quite incredible 414 GP starts. To contextualise that last point, Rossi’s grand prix career is just 20 weeks older than this writer’s entire existence.

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