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Valentino Rossi admits he could quit MotoGP next summer

Valentino Rossi has won the MotoGP nine times in his career
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by Jake Polden

It would appear that Valentino Rossi has recently re-evaluated his career, stating that if he is not "closer to the first three" in the first six races of next season's MotoGP then he intends to throw in the towel.

Self-induced pressure if ever there was any, it appears Rossi wants to have one last crack of the whip and leave the sport in the same vain he entered - as a superstar.

In an interview extract from 'The New Age - A year of MotoGP' - a documentary that will air tonight on Italian television - the nine-time World Champion discusses his future within the sport.

"If I'm here and I want to keep running, I will have to stay ahead in 2014, closer to the first three. From February to June, the test and the first six races will be crucial for deciding whether to continue or stop racing in MotoGP at the end of the season," Vale is quoted as saying.

Admitting that in an ideal world he'd like to remain an icon within the sport for at least a few more years, Rossi stated that it will only be a feasible possibility if he remains competitive.

While in some ways the potential 'end of an era' news will be too sad for some to stomach, Rossi's decision to face his future square in the face is typical of his unflinching style as a legend on two-wheels.

While others would be happy to slowly fade from grace before exiting through the unguarded back door, The Doctor is a winner and therefore too proud and competitive to become a sympathy card.

With much time to prepare before now and next year, and with new crew chief Silvano Galbusera in command, the 34-year-old may well have a trick or two up his sleeve by the time he gets to Qatar.

That said, should Rossi decide that his time has come the last of his six decisive races is at home in Mugello - a fitting place to call time on his career.

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