“I’m not willing to put myself in danger”

MotoGP, sudden retirement: “I’m not willing to put myself at risk.” At the age of 25 he decided to stop racing on the track

The long weekend of the World Championship is about to begin with the Aragon GP, ​​the final European stage before moving on to Asia and Australia. But it will not be the case for everyone because one of the champions decided to quit when he was only 25 years old.

MotoGP, Tow Shocks (La Bresse)

Shocking retreat but totally motivated. Because Gabriel Rodrigo, after another injury, decided he could no longer risk it all, despite being in his first year in Moto2. The Argentine driver informed everyone with a video clip posted on his page on social media, to greet everyone who was close to him.

He was suspended from the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello at the end of May, to undergo a shoulder surgery that would have kept him out until the start of 2023. Instead, he won’t be back because “I’m not willing to put myself at risk and lose everything to keep running on motos.” This is the main reason for my decision.”

He explained that it all started with a serious breakdown last year, shortly after he signed the contract that would have him upgraded to the Moto2. While training he risked his life and this incident, along with other accidents of his teammates, began to make him think. In life he still had many projects, he understood that it was not possible to give up everything.

MotoGP, sudden retirement: Gabriel Rodrigo says goodbye after eight years of his career

In his farewell video, Gabriel Rodrigo explains that earlier this season he told his psychiatrist and his girlfriend that he didn’t want to run for long. Then came the shoulder injury on the Mugello Tour and everything was much clearer in the summer: Thanks to the break, I was able to take some time, listen to my body and my heart, and understand what he was asking me to do. If I had put it off, all my love for the sport would have been poisoned by continuing to run without wanting to do so.”

Gabriel Rodrigo made his Moto3 World Championship debut eight years ago as a substitute aboard KTM and then Husqvarna of Team Ajo Motorsport. The following year, a stable clash in the RBA Racing team with KTMma without points and in 2016 the first good races, such as seventh place in Malaysia.

Enough said Gabriel Rodrigo (La Presse)

In 2017 he placed fourth in Great Britain and Austria and the following year he took first podium in Moto3, taking third place in Catalonia as well as pole at the Japanese Grand Prix. It will also be his best season, finishing in seventh place with 116 points. Then in 2019 with
Grissini Racing Team and three fourth places. This year he made his Moto2 debut alongside Bo Bendsneyder on the SAG team but without great results.