Rossi signs new two-year MotoGP deal with Yamaha

Rossi signs new two-year MotoGP deal with Yamaha

January 24, 2018 Movistar Yamaha's MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy poses. "That's why I'm signing for two more years".

The new contract also means that the 39-year old will continue racing until the age of 41.

Rossi, from Tivullia near Pesaro in the Marche region, has seven permier-class titles but his last MotoGP world-championship triumph came in 2009. I am happy because two years ago when I signed the last contract I thought that "this is the last one".

It was the ideal test for race pace in the second session of 2018 for MotoGP, as bikes took to the track at the same time as the lights will go out for the race, putting the track conditions to the most realistic test at the Losail International Circuit. 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.

While Movistar Yamaha re-signed teammate Maverick Vinales to a new two-year deal in the offseason, Rossi and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP managing director Lin Jarvis stayed in touch on contract issues.

The duo start their 13th season together this year, and with a venerable record: 56 wins, 43 second places, and 35 thirds. Now it is our job as a team and a factory to give him the best possible YZR-M1 to let him fight for race wins and championship success. "It promises to be a highly competitive season and like all the fans - we in Yamaha are truly excited to go racing on Sunday night here in Losail". "I want to compete", Rossi, who will ride for Yamaha, said.

"I know it's going to be hard 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", he added.

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"I didn't ride in a ideal way, and I lost some time during my lap".

Five of the last six races here have gone the way of the factory Yamaha team and although the winter hasn't exactly gone to plan for them, they will probably start the weekend as slight favourites.

Nine of the 24 riders in this year's MotoGP have won races.

If the 27-year-old Frenchman can continue to develop in his second season we could have a shock on our hands.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) secured fourth position overall around the Losail International Circuit, his time of 1.54.831 was set following a busy start to his session with his Ducati machine causing sparks to fly on the home straight.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider's future has become one of the hottest talking points in the silly season, with almost every manufacturer reported to be monitoring his situation.

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