Jeremy Burgess: Rossi Is Trying to Do What He's No Longer Capable of Doing

Jeremy Burgess: Rossi Is Trying to Do What He's no Longer Capable of Doing 1 photo
Valentino Rossi's former crew chief Jeremy Burgess has spoken with GP-Inside about the separation between them, announced before the last round of the 2013 MotoGP season. Far from resenting the hiatus, Burgess seems just as committed to Rossi, but speaks openly about how the end of his career is drawing near.
Burgess tells that he knew that Valentino, just like many other sportsmen getting closer to the end of their careers, might try something radical, but still the news was a shock. He remembers tennis player Andre Agassi changing his coach towards the end of his pro career, but failing to find the new drive Rossi seems to be looking for.

However, he says that either way, the future will provide answers: if Rossi gets back to winning on a constant basis, then this will prove that the move was right. If nothing happens, the move simply remains one of the things which had to be tried out.

Burgess only hopes that Rossi will know when it's time to hang his leathers and walk out of MotoGP like one of the greatest champions he is, and most important to literally walk away, unhurt.

Valentino Rossi is a great rider, Burgess says, but even if he claims he can still do what he did 10 or more years ago, it is impossible that he could keep up with the first three, younger riders in MotoGP, Pedrosa, Lorenzo and the new Champion, Marquez.

Rossi and these three are definitely much faster than the rest, but this is not enough, as he is far from the top three. And he's 34 now, no longer a wild child.

Speaking about retirement, Jeremy Burgess concludes: "One must not fear such a decision, because we all know very well that once a journey started, it will come to an end one day."

Source GP-Inside.
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