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March 15th, 2018, 07:19 AM   #1
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Rossi signs new two-year deal with Movistar Yamaha

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The nine-time World Champion has re-signed with the Japanese manufacturer for two more seasons in MotoGP

Valentino Rossi has signed a new two-year deal to continue in MotoGP with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team. The announcement will see the 39-year-old compete in a record 25 seasons of Grand Prix racing and continue his association with the Japanese manufacturer in the premier class for an astounding 15 years.

Rossiís first season with Yamaha was 2004, where he spectacularly won on his debut with the team in South Africa, before going on to take the title the same year. He went on to win the Championship again in 2005, before then losing out in 2006 and 2007 - but the 'Doctor' was soon back on top.

In 2008, the rider from Tavullia claimed the title in supreme fashion Ė a feat he repeated the year after in 2009 to make it another back-to-back run. That marks Rossiís most recent title to date, although the number 46 has challenged for the crown since.

This new, two-year deal demonstrates both Yamahaís commitment to the nine-time World Champion and vice-versa, as they seek to be fighting consistently at the front once again. After some ups and downs in 2017, as well as an injury mid-season, the target is set high again in 2018 - could a tenth be on the way?

With ĎThe Doctorí confirmed to line up on the grid in 2019 and 2020, that's another two seaasons for Rossi to push.

Valentino Rossi: "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. At that time, I decided that Iíd take that decision during the following two years. 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.

Having the opportunity to work with my team, with Silvano, Matteo and all my mechanics, and working with all Japanese engineers, Tsuji-san, and above all Tsuya-san, is a pleasure - Iím happy.
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 Iím 40 years old! I know itís going to be difficult and it requires a lot of effort from my side and a lot of training but Iím ready, I am not lacking in motivation, thatís why Iím signing for two more years."
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Sinchierely, I am very 'appy!
So is Marquez. That makes 3 of the five remaining bikes capable of winning the title in the wrong hands for the next 3 years.
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So is Marquez. That makes 3 of the five remaining bikes capable of winning the title in the wrong hands for the next 3 years.
When did you, slumdog millionaire and JPSbitch sign on to ride in MotoGP?
Congrats!
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When did you, slumdog millionaire and JPSbitch sign on to ride in MotoGP?
Congrats!
Think about it, Marquez beats Rossi and Pedrosa like a borrowed mule and Lorenzo is on a bike he canít ride. That leaves Dovi and Vinales as his main protagonist for the next 3 years. I would much rather go against a known entity that I dominate than a young unpredictable wildcard.
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That young, unpredictable wildcard would be Zarco..... assuming he lands on a bike that is up to his potential....
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And u think rossi will just slack around not aiming to win the title? He has shown that he has the pace of doing it both in 2016 and 2017.
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And u think rossi will just slack around not aiming to win the title? He has shown that he has the pace of doing it both in 2016 and 2017.
Shhh donít scare them with facts. They lose the everliving shit if you do that.
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That young, unpredictable wildcard would be Zarco..... assuming he lands on a bike that is up to his potential....
With dip shit resigned for two years. Expect a Ben Spies year for Zarco! yamaha is a shit brand always have and always will be. They will do everything in their power to make sure Zarco does not show up flopsi.
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And u think rossi will just slack around not aiming to win the title? He has shown that he has the pace of doing it both in 2016 and 2017.
But did he?
No he didn't cos his past his shelf life.
Only way Rossi can win anything on a lap by lap basis until they demote him is Sepang 2015
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