Reigning FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) Champion, Valentino Rossi, will remain a Yamaha factory rider in 2007. Even though the Italian has not had a good start this season as he sets out to defend his crown on the new...
Reigning FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) Champion, Valentino Rossi, will remain a Yamaha factory rider in 2007. Even though the Italian has not had a good start this season as he sets out to defend his crown on the new Yamaha M1, he has decided to stay with the Camel Yamaha Team.
"I'm very pleased to be staying with Yamaha next year," commented Rossi who is preparing for this weekend's event in his home country.
Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director, Lin Jarvis expressed the delight felt by Yamaha: "It's exciting news for Yamaha's fans; Valentino's worldwide appeal unites them under one banner and brings more and more people daily into the Yamaha 'family'."
The seven-time champion tested with the Ferrari Formula One team, and even though he was listed as a possible choice for next year, jumping from two wheels to four, he decided on May 24th to stay in the Continental Circus.
"My friends at Ferrari gave me the chance to do some car testing," commented the Italian. "That was a fantastic experience both technically and personally but I think that my work on the motorbike is not finished and I'm still very motivated."
The Japan-based factory team expressed their delight that Rossi will continue to spearhead the new M1's development. The new era for the top two-wheel road racing series with the 800cc motorbikes begins in 2007.
"We are firstly delighted that Valentino has chosen to stay in MotoGP. He is a great ambassador for motorcycle racing in general and extremely important to the global image of this sport. He is the most talented and the fastest rider on the grid and the benchmark to which others aspire," remarked Jarvis.
It was not a surprise to learn that Yamaha wanted the Italian rider to stay on for next year. In 2004 and '05, Rossi set the world on fire with his talent taking the back-to-back World Championship for Yamaha, his team and himself.
"We are extremely happy that Valentino has chosen to continue his illustrious MotoGP career with Yamaha in 2007," said Jarvis. "Yamaha and Valentino have an excellent relationship and we have enjoyed great success together since our partnership was born in 2004."
Rossi expressed his satisfaction with the agreement which will allow him to continue showing his talent with Yamaha next season. "I'm very pleased to be staying with Yamaha next year," he said.
"These past two years with Yamaha have been two of the best of my career and I am extremely happy to stay with them and with my team. I believe I have made the right choice and I am very excited about the challenge of a new class of racing with Yamaha next year," added Rossi.
Since his arrival to Yamaha, after four seasons with Honda, Rossi has disputed 38 races taking victories in 21 of them and reached the podium another seven times.
This announcement so early in the season proves Rossi's confidence in Yamaha to solve the problems the team is suffering with the M1 bike that has put the defending champion eighth in the standings, 43 points behind leader Nicky Hayden.
Let's see if signing a new contract also works as a motivation for Camel Yamaha and Rossi itself in the coming Grand Prix of Italy, to be held this weekend in Mugello, where the 27 seven-year old rider took victory in 2005.