By Manuel Pecino /Photos courtesy 2snap

I have to admit that when I found out what Valentino was “cooking up” I could only exclaim “Incredible, he’s done it again!” Over the course of his career, every time Rossi realized that he was in a situation with no solution, he didn’t hesitate to make drastic moves. Remember when in 2003 he unexpectedly decided to leave the winning Honda he rode to the world title to join a very poor performing Yamaha. Or remember too, when by surprise in 2013 he fired Jerry Burgess, the crew chief he had won all his MotoGP titles with?

For Valentino, there is no mercy when his results are at stake; he races to win. If doesn’t win he does anything and everything to get back to winning…anything.

 

For Valentino, there is no mercy when his results are at stake. Valentino races to win. If he doesn’t win he doesn’t enjoy racing. If doesn’t win he does anything and everything to get back to winning…anything. Rossi’s detractors say, “Rossi’s racing leaves plenty of bodies in its wake.” This is likely true, but in his defense I have to remember that he doesn’t hesitate to administer the most radical “medicine” to himself as well.

 

Do you remember when by surprise at the end of the 2013 season Valentino Rossi fired Jerry Burgess, the crew chief he had won all his MotoGP titles with?

Why do you think that at a certain point Rossi Valentino decided to open the VR46 Academy? He most certainly did not start it for altruistic reasons. At a certain point, he realized that to keep his momentum, he needed to be surrounded by young riders who would help him understand the mentality of his younger rivals and their newer riding styles. How many times has Rossi changed his way of riding? You merely have to look through photos over the 19 years he has raced in the major class to witness his amazing metamorphosis. No, Valentino has never hesitated to change if it was necessary to keep himself competitive… And now we are in seeing another radical new change.

Valentino Rossi has offered a job to Ramon Forcada, actual Maverick Viñales’s crew chief and the person who guided Jorge Lorenzo’s successful career at Yamaha.

 

Just a few days ago, I heard about the job Valentino Rossi offered to Ramon Forcada, actual Maverick Viñales’s crew chief and the person who guided Jorge Lorenzo’s successful career at Yamaha. Is that a surprise? Do you have in English the saying, “If you can’t beat your enemy, join him”? To me, this move seems very much like the strategy this idiom describes.

 

And it seems that this is not the first time Valentino has tried to recruit the Catalan technician. He tried at the end of 2016, when Lorenzo left Yamaha to join Ducati. Forcada rejected the offer then, preferring to stay with Maverick Viñales. Now, exploiting the divorce of Viñales and Forcada, Valentino has come back. With this move, Rossi repeats the move he made at the end of 2013. I imagine you have already realized that the job offered to Forcada means that Rossi will get rid of Silvano Galbusera, his current crew chief…the one he signed when he discarded Jerry Burgess.

It’s been over one year since his last victory, and Valentino has realized that he is blocked, that he is not competitive enough. And like he has always done over his career he isn’t staying still.

What is happening, why is he changing the person responsible for his bike? The answer is simple: because he isn’t winning. It’s been over one year since his last victory, and Valentino has realized that he is blocked, that he is not competitive enough. And like he has always done over his career he isn’t staying still. Remember that not long ago he confirmed he will race two more years in MotoGP. Can you imagine Rossi not being competitive for two seasons? I can’t…nor can Valentino. Over the next few weeks we will see how things evolve, but what is certain is that Valentino Rossi’s third revolution is in progress.