The number used by MotoGP racers is to identify participants in a race. In recent seasons there have been a number of numbers removed from racer choices such as numbers belonging to Schwantz (34) or Simoncelli (58). Some were deleted because the owner died … There are numbers with unique destinations like Dani Pedrosa, but who will use number 46 Valentino Rossi if they retire?
Who Will Use Number 46 Valentino Rossi If You Retire
The number 34 used by the legendary Kevin Schwantz is the first number removed in the history of MotoGP. Then number 74 from Daijiro Kato, number 65 from Loris Capirossi, 48 from Shoya Tomizawa (Moto2), 58 from Marco Simoncelli and the last 69 from Nicky Hayden. After Luis Salom’s death, it was also announced that his number 39, would be removed from Moto2, even though it had not been officially done yet.
What is unique is Dani Pedrosa, he never left ‘number 26 ‘ and replaced it with ‘number 2 ‘ in 2008. The info is as a pride to be a MotoGP runner-up. Meanwhile Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez who never used number 1 in the MotoGP category.
Number 46 Rossi
Valentino Rossi kept his number very well, caring for it from the beginning of his career and up to now is 46. With yellow and sun and moon. A complete symbology and in MotoGP all this is very meaningful. Number 46 of the nine times world champion so far has not been able to escape from it. Even become an identity. What if Rossi retires later … Who will use his number …?
“Regarding my number, my first thought was that I would not like it to be deleted. I prefer this number to remain and if there are other drivers who want to take that number they can do it, “said Valentino Rossi in Misano, 4 years ago (8/9/16) …
Many cases of racers are disappointed because the numbers are the same, after going up or moving categories. Miguel Oliveira, who always uses number 44 and when in MotoGP the number is the same as Pol Espargaro. Finally Oliveira must be satisfied with the number 88. Where next year Jorge Martin who is now using number 88 will be disappointed too. Next year he rises to the MotoGP Pramac team and his number has been used Oliveira ..
The same thing happened with Bagnaia who had to use number 63. Because her favorite number 21 was already used by Morbidelli and 42 was owned by Rins.