Nine-time World Champion, Valentino Rossi, has signed a two year extension deal with his current team. This will see him racing with Yamaha until 2020.
Valentino Rossi has answered the doubters in style as he today announces that he will remain in the sport at least until 2020. This deal will see him remain with the Yamaha team as he attempts to win his tenth world championship.
With Maverick Vinales, who lead the way in pre-season testing, has already confirmed his alliance to Yamaha for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, keeping the teams rider line up unchanged for the foreseeable future.
Aboard the YZR-M1, Rossi has claimed four championships and won 56 of the 206 races he has entered with the team. But the Italian rider is clearly hungry for more.
However, Rossi will be hoping to improve on the previous season where, despite secure six podiums, he only took one win and finished the championship in 5th.
The man himself was honest that he, like many fans, had doubts over his future in the sport. “When I signed my last contract with Yamaha, in March 2016, I wondered if that would have been the last contract as a MotoGP rider. During the last two years I came to the conclusion that I want to continue because racing, being a MotoGP rider, but especially riding my M1, is the thing that makes me feel good.”
“I want to thank Yamaha – Lin Jarvis and Maio Meregalli in particular – for their trust in me, because the challenge is difficult: being competitive until I’m 40 years old!” Rossi commented. “I know it’s going to be difficult and it requires a lot of effort from my side and a lot of training but I’m ready, I am not lacking in motivation, that’s why I’m signing for two more years.”
The managing director of Yamaha, Lin Jarvis, appeared thrilled at the contract extension, calling it “a great was to start the 2018 season.”
Jarvis stated that “The news may not be a great surprise because Valentino has made it clear that he wanted to continue to race, but the reconfirmation will surely come as welcome news for his millions of fans around the world.”
The grid will be in action for the first race of the 2018 season on the 16th of March. You can catch all the up-to-date news, here, on Overtake Motorsport.
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Posted on 15th March, 2018 for Overtake Motorsport
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