8:30 – MotoGP star Valentino Rossi had hoped to progress towards a decision about his future at this stage of the year. The corona virus throws a spanner in the works.
The MotoGP circus prepared for the season opener in Qatar in early March, but the entry restrictions due to the corona virus prevented the top class from traveling. The Moto2 and Moto3 were still in action in the oil state, but then the races in Thailand, America and Argentina were also rescheduled. The chance that the next race that is still on the agenda, on May 3 in the Spanish Jerez de la Frontera, will be held seems small.
This delay is quite confusing Valentino Rossi's plans. The Yamaha factory rider wanted to use the first Grands Prix of the year to make a decision about his future. The legendary Italian's contract expires at the end of this year and he will soon have to tie the knot: sign another deal or hang his helmet on the willows.
“We learned only on the Sunday before leaving for Qatar that we were not going to race,” Rossi said in a video call with Sky Italia. “That has turned my plans upside down. We have to wait and see when we can drive again. It seems to be a while, the European Football Championship has already been postponed. I had hoped to make a decision after the first part of the season or I may or may not continue but this will change everything. I would like to do a few races to see how competitive I can be, which is very important. ”
“Cheering for the people in Bergamo and Brescia”
The Italian, like many top athletes at home, keeps his fitness level as good and bad as possible: “I have a gym here at home where I train and try to keep fit. I spend a lot of time here. The situation here in Tavullia is difficult Unfortunately many people are ill, just like in Pesaro We have to hold on, wait until this is over We cheer for the people in Bergamo and Brescia I have seen serious images, it seems like a war zone I have many friends there. Now I cheer for them while they normally cheer for me. “