El año más oscuro de Valentino Rossi

Carlos Guil Iglesias
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Valentino Rossi estará seguro entre las personas que querrá olvidar el 2020 cuanto antes. Deportivamente, el piloto de 41 años está sufriendo un año particularmente complicado en el que le está pasando de todo.

En el Gran Premio de Europa reaparecía después de perderse los dos últimos, pero a punto estuvo de tener que saltarse este también al seguir sin dar negativo en los test PCR por coronavirus.

Sin embargo, su vuelta sirvió de poco. Después de cuatro vueltas su M1 se paró por un problema que no se había dado en 12 años en Yamaha. El italiano reconoce que ya se toma a risa lo que le está pasando. Reír para no llorar.

La temporada ya empezó torcida en el primer gran premio en Jerez. Allí abandonó por un problema técnico, pero una semana después se desquitaba y conseguía su primer podio del año. Un espejismo.

En Brno y en la primera carrera en Austria –donde volvió a nacer después de que la moto de Franco Morbidelli le pasara a centímetros– acabó quinto, mientras que en la siguiente fue noveno. El campeonato se trasladaba a Misano para la doble cita. Il dottore acababa cuarto y se ponía a 18 puntos del liderato. Viendo cómo iba el año, alguno pensaba incluso en el décimo título. 

A partir de ahí la temporada ha ido en caída libre. En el Gran Premio de Emilia Romagna se caía a las primeras de cambio, lo mismo que en el de Catalunya cuando peleaba por ganar. En Francia se fue al suelo en la primera chicane y antes de la doble cita de Aragón se contagiaba del coronavirus.

Cinco grandes premios sin puntuar que ascendían a seis en Valencia en su regreso. Lo nunca visto en los 25 años en el Mundial. Rossi jamás había estado tantos grandes premioso sin puntuar. Su peor racha se remonta a 2010, cuando se perdió cuatro carreras por la fractura de la pierna.

Si 2019 ya fue su peor año en el Mundial en cuanto a cifra de podios, victorias y clasificación, 2020 lo va a superar con creces. Cierto es que solo ha habido 14 grandes premios y que se ha perdido dos por enfermedad, pero ni por esas se justifica.

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De ganar los dos grandes premios que quedan, como mucho sumaría 108 puntos y en el mejor de los escenarios acabaría séptimo el Mundial –ahora marcha 15º con 58–. Y todo ello cuando ya van 56 grandes premios sin victoria, por su puesto su racha más larga.

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