Come Sunday, when the Argentina GP gets underway, it will have been 644 days since Valentino's last race win. A fast that has continued since 25 June 2017 when he triumphed in the Dutch GP ahead of Petrucci and Marquez.
But what has happened in the meantime?
Overwhelmed by the Yamaha crisis, the Italian has not been able to steer the Iwata manufacturer, desperately seeking competitiveness. It's not that the M1 has disappeared from the radar, rather it is simply unable to stand out compared to its rivals.
And while Honda and Ducati have taken a decent step forward, Suzuki is now also moving in, as demonstrated by Alex Rins, who finished the Qatar race ahead of the nine-time champion.
Over what is close to two years, Vale has struggled a great deal but has not lost his legendary grit, confirmed also by the first race of this year's championship at Losail.
Results just have not arrived. During 2017 and 2018 Rossi has totaled just 7 podium, over 36 races: two seconds and five third-place finishes.
Rossi's struggles, but also the grit he displays in every race, can also be seen from his placings: he has finished fourth on five occasions, fifth on six occasions and sixth on one occasion.
Figures that don't match up to his coat of arms. Will 2019 be the year of the comeback?