Valentino Rossi does not win but continues to be the most loved in MotoGP. Marc Marquez is far in terms of liking and Dorna is looking for the right driver.
Ten seasons without world titles weigh on Valentino Rossi's reputation within the paddock. But not on the charisma and on the legendary halo of the nine times world champion, whose eventual goodbye makes the marketing of MotoGP tremble. At Yamaha, you work at high speeds to set up a YZR-M1 at the height of Honda and Ducati for the 2020 season, the rest is up to the 40-year-old from Tavullia and his staff.
Valentino Rossi cannot live far from the premier class, the World Championship does not yet seem ready to turn the page without him. Dorna leverages new technologies, on social media, on the web to increase listening interests. But it probably won't have fertile ground for a possible 2021 season without a Doctor. "There is an important interest on the part of social media, TV. It is important to have the right character, the right driver – emphasized Loris Capirossi, Dorna representative in Race Direction -. Valentino Rossi has helped us a lot, he is now 40, he wants to improve, this is good. But we have to look for new talents, young drivers, even Italians, although it is not easy to repeat what Vale has done".
VALENTINO AND THE GRIP MAL
The post-Valentinian era still seems to be far away. The David Munoz option as head technician in place of Silvano Galbusera suggests a renewal, but it will have to be framed by good results. Both in the season finale and at the start of the next championship. Already in Japan Iwata technicians will try to put a stop to the now atavistic problem of wear to the rear. "After a few laps I always have problems with the grip of the rear wheel, the tire suffers heavily, it loses performance, so I have to drive more slowly"Explained Valentino Rossi after the race in Thailand.
When the Pesaro player has not suffered from "grip pain" the assault on the podium is within reach: see in Austria, England, in San Marino. Nothing that can prevent you from thinking about a further contract extension. Moreover a possible change of livery of Maverick Vinales would make everything discounted and would leave the place to Fabio Quartararo. People who have always been close to the Tavullia champion assure us that the day of farewell is still far away: Aldo Drudi, Alberto Tebaldi, Alessio Salucci are optimistic to see him in MotoGP until 2022.
Dorna could not but be happy and would have more time to plan the post-Valentino Rossi era. After all, the numbers of social networks represent a mirror of a very delusive reality. On Instagram, the Pesaro player has 7.6 million followers against Marc Marquez's 4.5. On Facebook 13.2 million fans, against the 4 million of Marc Marquez. At the moment in terms of charisma and popularity even the MotoGP ruler cannot stand up to the Yamaha veteran.