Loris Capirossi believes Valentino Rossi has lost the courage to take risks. According to him, Rossi will retire if he undergoes a similar season in 2019.
The 40-year-old rider completed a disappointing MotoGP last season. Not just continuing the fasting victory, Rossi was only twice on the podium which marked his worst score since strengthening Yamaha.
As a result, Rossi must be satisfied with the acquisition of 174 points to finish seventh in the final standings. The owner of the nine world championship titles is 18 points behind rookie and Petronas Yamaha satellite team racer Fabio Quartararo, and far behind teammate Maverick Vinales who has 211 points.
Capirossi analyzed the difficulties Rossi experienced. The former MotoGP rider revealed, Rossi faces a decisive season related to his future in 2020.
‘Valentino is phenomenal, a great champion. However, Rossi is 40 years old and unfortunately, the impact of his age is now felt,’ said Capirossi.
‘He’s not fast enough, Rossi can handle it but at the same time he lost his courage like when he was young to take certain risks.’
‘If he goes through the same season as just ended, then he will stop,’ concluded Capirossi.