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March 19th, 2016, 12:04 AM   #1
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Yamaha extends Rossi contract to 2018

This to me is disrespectful to Lorenzo, No doubt Rossi playing mind games again. Lorenzo has clearly stated he wants his contract extension sewn up before the start of the season, but no they go and do Rossi first instead. Hopefully Lorenzo shrugs it off then Yamaha have to pay him more money when he hands Rossi his arse.

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Seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has signed a new, two-year contract extension with Yamaha.

The 37-year-old returned to Yamaha in 2013, and the new deal takes him to the end of the '18 season.

Rossi had already outlined his intent to secure a two-year contract, before then potentially exploring additional opportunities in car racing.

"I am very happy to announce that Yamaha and I have extended our contract and will continue working together in MotoGP for the next two years," he said.

"I am very satisfied with this decision, because it has always been my plan to compete in motorsports for as long as I can be competitive and find it enjoyable at the same time.

"Ever since I returned to Yamaha in 2013 I have felt like I am home again and this showed in the results.

"I get great enjoyment out of working with my crew and the rest of the team.

"Their support for me has known no limit and I want to thank them sincerely for that.

"I'm feeling greatly motivated to keep riding my YZR-M1 for the best results possible, this year and the following two seasons."

Second in last year's championship to team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, Rossi took four race wins in 2015, the most since the year of his last title, '09.

With all of the factory riders out of contract at the end of this year, what is likely to be Rossi's last MotoGP deal is the first cog of the silly season to fall into place.

"I cannot think of a better way to start a new season than for both parties to make this strong commitment," Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis said.

"From Vale's side [it's] a statement of commitment to the sport he loves and towards the Yamaha brand.

"From Yamaha's side [it's] a confirmation of the recognition to the rider that has brought us four MotoGP world titles and who remains so passionate about his sport and is still highly competitive, as proven by his two second positions in the last two seasons.

"When Vale returned home in 2013 it was 'a decision for life'.

"This new agreement confirms that Vale will indeed finish his motorcycle racing career with Yamaha.

"Before that however all Yamaha fans can enjoy three full seasons of exciting performances from 'the Doctor' as he challenges to win his 10th world title."
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Its a way to out pressure on JLo to sign for what yamaha want to pay him....
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Lorenzo can make more money no matter where he goes. He should cash in on that now while the career window for such an opportunity exists. Yamaha can fend for themselves with Rossi for a time. I doubt the new Yamaha rider will receive much of a warm reception from Rossi n crew. You have to wonder how long Yamaha will tolerate that?

Lets see if Rossi can beat Maverick on the same equipment. I think that makes the most sense. Lorenzo heads to Ducati for a massive payday and Maverick works for pennies at Yamaha while besting Rossi. That'll make for an interesting 2017.

In the end, I suspect Lorenzo will get what he wants from Yamaha, particularly if he's leading the Championship near mid season making this speculation nothing more than entertainment.
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It's pretty clear -- Rossi stays, Lorenzo goes (most probably to Ducati with a dream contract), and young Maverick Vinales will replace Lorenzo at factory Yamaha.

Rossi spent very appreciative words on Maverick yesterday and invited him to train at his ranch in Tavullia -- so there you have it, Rossi's successor as Yamaha's legend, anti-Marquez and anti-Honda weapon for the next decade has been chosen: it's Maverick Vinales.

Meanwhile Zarco has just signed for Suzuki, where he will be probably joined by one of the current Ducati riders, depending on Lorenzo's preference as teammate (I think he'd choose Dovi).
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Lorenzo isn't going anywhere.
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Lorenzo isn't going anywhere.
I think you're probably right. Lorenzo should bag a few wins before settling on a decision however. That will elicit the best offer from Yamaha while increasing his negotiating capitol with Ducati.
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Is it possible Lorenzo goes to Honda? Sure him and Marquez has a bit of history but Lorenzo could really help with the development and the two of them if they sorted the bike could kick Yamahas ass around the track.

Anyway it pisses me off TBH Rossi will be nearly 40 by the time his contract is up, I don't believe he deserves this. What happens if by mid season he is finishing in lonely 4th places like 2013? Seems a borderline retarded move on Yamahas part especially if it cost them Lorenzo.
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Lorenzo isn't going anywhere.
If Ducati is anywhere, he's going there.
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It's pretty clear -- Rossi stays, Lorenzo goes (most probably to Ducati with a dream contract), and young Maverick Vinales will replace Lorenzo at factory Yamaha.

Rossi spent very appreciative words on Maverick yesterday and invited him to train at his ranch in Tavullia -- so there you have it, Rossi's successor as Yamaha's legend, anti-Marquez and anti-Honda weapon for the next decade has been chosen: it's Maverick Vinales.

Meanwhile Zarco has just signed for Suzuki, where he will be probably joined by one of the current Ducati riders, depending on Lorenzo's preference as teammate (I think he'd choose Dovi).
And all totally merit based at Yamaha and for the greater good no doubt.

This is something I never, ever envisaged saying, but go Marquez.
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Is it possible Lorenzo goes to Honda? Sure him and Marquez has a bit of history


According to many sources, they have been teammates since last season already.
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