Lewis Hamilton: “It’s obviously sad to see Vale stopping”

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MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is retiring this year after a 26-year career. Lewis Hamilton says he is sad to see his friend go, and he will “always remember” sharing the track with him.

In his career Rossi has amassed 115 victories (89 in MotoGP), 199 podiums and seven top-class championships. Ahead of Rossi’s final career race Lewis Hamilton was asked to comment on his achievements.

“It’s obviously sad to see Vale stopping but his I think his drive, his approach, just everything he’s everything he’s done has been incredible,” the Briton said.

“The passion that he’s had for so long has shown through. And just such a legend – one of the greatest to ever do it, if not the greatest to ever have done it.

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“So, it’ll just be sad to not be watching the races and seeing him just ride in style as he usually does. But I think it’s a beautiful time for him also.

“Because he’s got a family now he’s growing or starting to build. But I’m grateful I’ve had the privilege to share a really special day with him on track.

“I’ll always remember that,” Lewis concluded.

Hamilton was referencing their famous 2019 ride swap in Valencia. Lewis had the opportunity to ride Rossi’s 2019 Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1, while the Italian drove Hamilton’s 2017 Mercedes W08.

You can watch the whole experience here.

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