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May 8th, 2020, 11:35 AM   #1
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Rossi to Petronas in 2021

Hope everyone is safe and well.

GPone is reporting that a deal has been struck between Rossi and Petronas for a 1 year contract for 2021 with an option to extend to 2022.

Apparently the only bit to finalize is what crew he takes with him (more or less a straight swap with Quartararo's crew moving to the factory team).

Morbidelli will be the other rider (putting to bed the Lorenzo/Rossi 'superteam' rumor).

That's if we're racing again by 2021 of course...

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Edit - The thread title should obviously say 2021

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If it happens its a retrograde step back for Petronas IMO, they should be the feeder to the factory team.
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If it happens its a retrograde step back for Petronas IMO, they should be the feeder to the factory team.
Agreed. But Rossi is $$$
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Agreed. But Rossi is $$$
Granted, but $$$ don't win championships.
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Granted, but $$$ don't win championships.
With current events $$$ are probably everything.


I don't get why Rossi wants to do it though.

Sure he loves riding, and in 2013 and 2014 I genuinely believed him when he said he was glad to be back riding competitively even though he wasn't really in contention for the title, contrasting himself with Jorge and Dani. Surely a rider of his stature can't enjoy being relegated to being a satellite rider, and riding around behind the leading pack with no chance of winning watching a guy he seems to dislike fairly intensely obliterate all his records, at whom he still takes the occasional shot for "stealing" a title from him.

He still gets plenty of adulation I guess, and $$$ himself of course, and perhaps his star has dimmed in terms of managing his own team, and the Yamaha factory team in particular; perhaps this is a prelude to him managing the Petronas team.
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I think this may have a little to do with what Rossi is wanting to do when he finally retires. I am sure Yamaha wants to keep Rossi attached to their brand, while for years Rossi has been hinting about his own GP team, this could very well be part of that transition processes.
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This CRASH article is an interesting bit of info regarding Petronas SRT Yamaha boss Razlan Razali's thoughts on bringing Rossi onboard.

CRASH Article - “We won’t change team 360-degrees just for Rossi” – PSRT’s Razali
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Also a lot of good thoughts in the comments section so look for that.
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Also a lot of good thoughts in the comments section so look for that.
If it is a prelude to Rossi managing the team as some of us speculated no wonder the current manager isn't happy.

Who knows ?. I can't see him beating the young guys on the factory Yamahas so it would need more than an injury to MM for him to get the 10th title if that is his motive for continuing. I guess he doesn't even want a hiatus away from the sport, and Yamaha I am sure want him associated with them in perpetuity; he is money for them, something they are doubtless not keen to throw away in current world circumstances.

The worm has certainly turned on Crashnet going by the comments. One concerned Lorenzo and Rossi ending their riding careers as test riders; something almost as extreme happened with Eddie Lawson, a true great of the sport, who ended his career riding for Cagiva after only one intervening year following his 4th title win, for whom he actually won races which probably added to his legend rather than diminishing him. Rossi going so close to winning the title at a year older than Eddie was when he retired was quite something as was noted in the comments section, but I somehow don't see him repeating that feat 6 years on, and his preferences seem to clash with those of the younger Yamaha riders these days which might be problematic for Petronas.
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Rossi still has the most pull in MotoGP, if and when he decides to start a GP team it will happen, and he will have plenty of options.
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