Rossi, the cabal of the last race in Valencia

Many statistics relating to Rossi’s last race in Valencia refer to Valentino’s number, the famous 46. First of all, the date of the GP, played on 11/14/21: the sum is 46. The Doctor leaves MotoGP after riding 46 thousand kilometers. The first week of the year with Rossi off the bike is the 46th


Valentino Rossi ends his career in the sign of 46. The date on which he runs his last race, 11/14/21, adding up the figures for the years, months and days gives just 46 and Vale gets off the bike after riding 46 thousand kilometers. The totals in the latter case vary, as some, in the event of interrupted and then resumed races, count all the kilometers traveled, while others only count the second part, the one that actually contributes to the official ranking. Well, in both cases you don’t get out of 46 thousand: the most pessimistic total is 46.102 km, the most optimistic 46.523. And what’s the first week of the year with Rossi off the bike? La 46esima, obviously.

Ducati’s best day

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Between ups and downs, the pagellone of the 2021 World Cup

Historic day for Ducati in Valencia: for the first time in their history they monopolize the podium with their bikes. Behind what is pleasantly becoming the “usual” Bagnaia, Jorge Martin e Jack Miller. In 19 seasons and 340 races, at Ducati such a feat had never been successful. Of course, on 8 occasions they had scored the double of the first two positions (the last one was at Le Mans this year), but the monopoly of the podium is an absolute novelty. Ducati is the first team to monopolize the podium in 2021 and, since the season is over, also the last one. Previously in 2020 Yamaha had made the hat-trick in Andalusia (Quartararo, Vinales, Rossi) and in 2014 in Australia (Rossi, Lorenzo, Smith), while to find another precedent you have to go back ten years (2011): Honda scored it in the aforementioned Australian GP with Casey Stoner, the late Marco Simoncelli and Andrea Dovizioso.

Bagnaia as Stoner

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Bagnaia: “I could only win with Rossi’s helmet”

Bagnaia’s goals are assuming significant proportions, which have little comparison with the past. OK, unfortunately the Italian record for consecutive poles, 6, went… by 64 thousandths. This is the margin with which Jorge Martin started from pole in Valencia, leaving Pecco in second position. The record sequence of the last 40 years for an Italian driver therefore remains to Marco Lucchinelli, with 6 consecutive from Monza to Imola, 1981. However, Bagnaia records the fourth victory in the space of six races: it is a very important milestone for a Ducati rider. He had previously succeeded solo Casey Stoner on two occasions in 2007, the most recent from Brno to Sepang. Extending the gap to the seven races, for Casey it was 5 out of 7 with Laguna Seca. The first appointment of 2022 for Bagnaia therefore already has a record in sight. Pecco also equaled Stoner in another Ducati record, that of the first consecutive rows. We are at 10 now, since he always starts in the top three from Assen. Casey did it in 2008 from Barcelona to Phillip Island.

Dry Mir


From Rossi to Bagnaia, the film of the 2021 season

Sad record that of Mir: defending champion with no win. It hadn’t happened since 2007, when the late Nicky Hayden, 2006 champion, finished the year with zero wins. For Mir the only career success remains the European GP raced right here in Valencia last year, a race before being crowned champion.

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Rossi, the cabal of the last race in Valencia

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