MotoGP has to deal with the first year without Valentino Rossi, a media epicenter capable of attracting TV, journalists and fans. His motorhome was always surrounded by crowds in pre-Covid times, and even if he didn’t win the spotlight was on him. His passage in the Fanatec GT WCE recorded a success with the public in Imola and hundreds of journalists from every corner of Europe were mobilized, with Sky having included the live coverage of each stage in its schedule.
Valentino Rossi and the confrontation with Messi
Nothing can be done against the clock, Valentino Rossi was no longer the age to compete in a sport at the physical and mental limits like MotoGP. The story goes on and Carmelo Ezpeleta repeats it every time the question is asked again, even if finding a real charismatic point of reference within the paddock is difficult at the moment. In an interview with Solomoto.es he makes a comparison between Barcelona after Leo Messi and the World Championship without the Doctor. “In all honesty, I didn’t cry for Messi nor will I cry for Valentino Rossi. In both cases there remains the gratitude of all the fans who have been able to enjoy what these two geniuses have given us for so many years. In particular Valentino, whose career was longer than that of the Argentine champion“.
MotoGP does not change
The farewell to MotoGP of the champion from Tavullia should not lead to any particular changes. The track show is growing, the World Championship is exciting and unpredictable, new heroes will soon come to the fore. On the other hand, Marc Marquez manages to attract attention both when he is on the track and sometimes even more when he is out, as demonstrated in these days before the Austin race. “If someone wants to imply that everything has to be redone in the racing world, this is not the case at all. In MotoGP there is nothing to redo because it has its own consolidated entity“.
Undoubtedly having a star in the paddock greatly helps the show, it knows how to attract interest and investments. “I don’t sell marketing products, I sell racing motorcycles. Never at Dorna have we intentionally tried to create a character – added Carmelo Ezpeleta -, fueled a rivalry or forced the image of a driver to make him more or less popular. Of course, Valentino led an entire generation, but it is also true that in recent years he did not achieve many successes. And this is precisely because the generation of drivers that followed him was a generation of successes“.
The Pedro Acosta phenomenon
The Spanish press and beyond is dragging Pedro Acosta as heir to Marc Marquez. The Dorna boss does not seem interested in enhancing the figure of a rising star. “He is a great driver and champion with a great future, I don’t care at all about his future leadership ability or whether he will pick up anyone’s baton. We just put pressure on him which wouldn’t do him any good and we at Dorna obviously won’t deal with that. What you need to do with Acosta is not put any more pressure on him and let him evolve at the pace that he and his team consider appropriate. I repeat: it would be a mistake to add pressure to the boy looking for the “great hope I don’t know what …“.