The Italian Valentino Rossi, nine times world champion of motorcycling, announced his renewal for two more years with Yamaha Therefore, for the moment, he will continue to run until he is 41 years old.
“When I signed my last contract with Yamaha in March 2106 I wondered if it would be my last as a MotoGP rider. At that moment, I decided that I would make that decision in the next two years and during them I have come to the conclusion that I want to continue because racing, being a MotoGP rider, but especially doing it on my M1, is the thing that makes me feel good ”, Rossi expressed in the preview of the start of the 2018 season of the category, which will take place this weekend in Qatar.
The one from Tavullia thanked Yamaha, "In particular to Lin Jarvis and Mario Meregalli", for his "trust" because he knows that "The challenge of being competitive until age 40 is difficult." And I add: "It will require a great effort on my part and a lot of training, but I am ready and I do not lack motivation, and that is why I have signed for two years."
For his part, for Jarvis, team general manager, this news is "A great way to start 2018", although he admitted that it is not a "Big surprise" because the italian had left "Of course I wanted to keep running."
“It was very easy to reach an agreement. As a factory team we need to have two drivers capable of winning and with the full commitment to do so. Despite being 39 years old and 1, Vale is more committed than ever and there is no question that he is still a Top rider. Now, our job is to give him the best MXNUMX possible to let him fight for victories and titles ”, he said.