MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi hung up his leathers in November 2021 after one of the most illustrious careers ever on two wheels. A little less than two months later, in a retirement move that we certainly didn’t see coming, the Italian GOAT has launched his first e-bike. And what’s an even bigger surprise – given his association with a certain Japanese powerhouse – is that it doesn’t use a Yamaha electric motor.
Coming a week after Porsche announced it had acquired a controlling stake in GreyP e-bikes (itself founded by electric car entrepreneur Mate Rimac), could this mark the start of a big injection of cash from the automotive and motorbike industry? We’ll have to wait and see, but it certainly shows a growing interest in e-bikes.
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End of an Era #GrazieVale
Valentino Rossi wraps his final MotoGP Grand Prix
I have loved every minute
…BUT ROSSI GOES WITH ONE REGRET
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In a career that has spanned 26 seasons, Valentino Rossi has rewritten the record book. He triumphed in all classes, took nine world championships, watched rivals arrive with gusto and leave destroyed by his talent and resilience