MotoGP, Pellegrini: “Me winning another Olympic gold medal? I’d put my money on Rossi winning a 10th title"

“The Olympics are always complicated. Valentino and I, however, are the ones who raise the bar further. We will decide when to stop, without anyone telling us"


Destinies that cross between joys, disappointments, triumphs, victories and defeats. Two of Italy’s top sports personalities - Valentino Rossi and Federica Pellegrini – are so far apart and so close together in a 2020 that looks like turning into the year of truth. On the one hand there is the Doctor, who finds himself at the crossroads, with a tenth title in the background he doesn't want to give up on, while on the other hand there is the Italian swimming star, expected at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer.

We met her yesterday, at the Yard Hotel in Milan, at the presentation of "Italia's Got Talent", the talent show broadcast on TV8 of which she is one of the judges. For the occasion, the Italian swimming champion spoke of the rumours about her retirement, something that in some ways also unites her with VR46, with whom she has establish a long-lasting friendship: "In life you should never say never - commented Federica - both me and Valentino raise the bar further, it can be a year or even longer. This occurs because we love what we do, that’s our sport. It’s not the people who follow us from outside to tell us when to stop. We will make that choice when the right time comes."

The Queen of Italian swimming doesn’t mince her words when talking about her future and at the same time seems to keep that door open after the Olympics in Japan. It seems that the burden of having to abandon the pool after an inseparable relationship has been established is just too strong…. Just like VR46 with his bike.

Yet, sooner or later, that moment these sportsmen must deal with arrives. Rossi has already set a sort of deadline, namely the Mugello GP. If he will be competitive with the M1, he will continue, otherwise it’s better to look elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Federica can’t resist making a quip for the fans: “Betting on me winning gold in Tokyo or Vale's tenth title? That’s quite a complicated question. I’s put my money on Rossi's tenth title”.


Translated by Julian Thomas

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