Seven times MotoGP champion wants more glory with Japanese manufacturer
Valentino Rossi and Yamaha have come to an agreement on a new two-year deal to see the seven times MotoGP World Champion campaigning the premier class of motorcycle racing on the YZR-M1 until the end of the 2016 championship. Rossi and Yamaha made the announcement following weeks of negotiations between both parties.
I am very happy that I can keep riding my YZR-M1.
Rossi never made any secrets about his desire to return to Yamaha and has also hinted at finishing out his career with the manufacturer who he has won four MotoGP World Championship crowns with making Yamaha the most successful marque in the MotoGP era. With his multiple titles and raft of records to his name, the 35-year-old is just 16 off Giacomo Agostini’s record of 122 career GP wins and Rossi has gone on record in the past saying he would love to surpass ‘Ago’s’ record and take it for himself.
“I wanted to continue, I am feeling good and I’m motivated to keep giving my best. I am very happy that I can keep riding my YZR-M1, that has been my love for so many years and will still be my love this year and the following two seasons. A big 'Thank You' to everybody, I will try to keep giving the maximum to arrive in front and make good races. Enjoy!” Rossi added.
Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing Lin Jarvis was really pleased a new deal could be struck with Rossi and also hinted at Rossi’s continued involvement with Yamaha after he finishes racing. Speaking at the announcement, Jarvis said, “I am very happy that we have concluded the agreement with Valentino for 2015 and 2016. Since his return to Yamaha in 2013 it’s been a very positive experience for everybody involved. After two difficult years ‘away from home’ Valentino returned last year, not only to us but also to his beloved YZR-M1. Fans of racing across the world were happy to see him rediscover his competitive performance and witness him take pleasure in riding and having fun again on two wheels.