In his very successful parable in the World Championship, Valentino Rossi he never separated from ‘his’ men, that is the historical friends Alessio ‘Uccio’ Salucci and Alberto ‘Albi’ Tebaldi. The two, from simple collaborators, over the years have transformed into the engine of the VR46, so much so that Tebaldi has become its CEO and has taken care of all the organizational aspects of the ‘Doctor’ team which in 2022 will make its official debut in MotoGP . But Rossi’s farewell to the world championship will also correspond to this news, as announced a few weeks ago in Austria.
“Valentino’s retirement broke our hearts“, Tebaldi admitted with sincerity, adding:”We all hoped he would continue, but he was consistent and made the decision based on the results achieved so far, which have disappointed his expectations. But we don’t believe these results are reflecting his real potential, but the current MotoGP is really very competitive and tight and everything has to be perfect.“. In the interview given to the Germans of Speedweek, ‘Albi’ told how the choice of the farewell of the ‘Doctor’ was born: “It was a very exciting time, we spent almost 30 years of racing together. It wasn’t a cold shower, because we had talked about it for a long time. His was a very personal choice, a very difficult decision to make “.
But the farewell to the World Championship will not be the same as farewell to racing, given that Rossi has already made it clear that he wants to race on four wheels: “We will continue to work, travel and have fun with him. Everything that happened in our group, weddings, children, birthdays, had a common denominator: Vale ran. It was a fixed point in our lives. Now that boy has become a man and will soon be a dad. What makes him special is that he remained a perfectly normal guy, he never changed and people love him for it“. The future of the ‘Rossi team’ will be VR46: “His approach and philosophy is a pillar of VR46 and the success of this project, from merchandising to the Academy to the Ranch. We are also working on new plans, which you will soon discover, ”Tebaldi announced.
FP | Stefano Ollanu
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