Rossi's tearful arrivederci in Valencia

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Italian motorcycle legend Valentino Rossi has been given an emotional salute by fellow riders and by thousands of fans after finishing 10th in the final MotoGP race of his fantastic career at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix.

Francesco Bagnaia claimed his fourth win in six races and Australian star Jack Miller finished third on Sunday before they paid tribute to the nine-times world champion Rossi.

"This race victory is a present to Valentino," Bagnaia, a product of Rossi's VR46 riders academy, said.

"I want to dedicate this race to him and thank him for what he has done for us at the academy. Before this weekend, I didn't think it was possible (to win)... but we arrived here as one of the fastest teams. It's the best way to finish."

Bagnaia's teammate Miller secured the team championship for Ducati, while 2020 world champion Joan Mir of Spain missed out on a podium position after surging forward following a crash by Suzuki teammate Alex Rins midway through the race.

It meant Miller, who won back-to-back Grand Prix in France and Spain in May finished the season in fourth place in the standings on 181 points, behind Yamaha's new world champion Fabio Quartararo - fifth in Sunday's race - on 278, Bagnaia (252) and Mir (208).

Rossi, one of the greatest and most charismatic of motorcycling champions, delighted fans including Brazilian soccer great Ronaldo with a few quick laps but was unable to add to his 199 premier class podiums.

The 42-year-old Italian, nicknamed "The Doctor", is considering a move into car racing after more than two decades in Grand Prix motorcycling.

Rossi was mobbed by his fellow riders following the race, as congratulatory messages from the motor sports fraternity as well as the larger sporting world were broadcast on the giant screen, with tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal among those paying tribute.

Hollywood actors Tom Cruise, Chris Hemsworth and Keanu Reeves also sent messages of support for Rossi, the only rider to win titles in the 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP categories.

Rossi took a final lap of honour to a standing ovation from the crowd as fireworks dotted the sky, before an emotional farewell with his Petronas Yamaha team.

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