Valentino Rossi You have already made a decision. At 41 years old (February 16, 1979) he will continue in MotoGP in 2021 with the Yamaha satellite team, the team SIC Petronas, with the option to continue in this same set in 2022, being able to reach 43 springs at the highest level. This is stated this Friday by ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’, assuring that the Italian has already signed his new contract and will officially announce the agreement reached with the Malaysian cadre in
Sherry, next week, before the start of the first MotoGP 2020 Season Grand Prix on the Andalusian track.
The of Tavullia He had all the confinement to get used to the idea of what his life would be like away from motorcycles. During all those months, he thought long and hard about his two options: leave MotoGP and focus on another of his great passions, cars, with a partial program of about 8 mythical motorsport races such as 24 Hours of Le Mans
, or postpone this idea and continue with the life that you are so passionate about, the one you are used to leading: MotoGP.
It was about time
In fact, the Italian already warned him on May 27. Now we are at the end of May and in the next few weeks I will make a decision and surely you will all know it very soon ”, commented the 9-time world champion in the overall category when asked in ‘BT Sport’ about his decision to continue or not in MotoGP. At Tavullia it motivated him to think he would ride a de black leg ’motorcycle Yamaha, with the official support of the fingerboard firm, and pointed out that he will only continue in the queen category of the World Cup if he could know with certainty that he could be competitive and fight for victories and podiums with said machine.
A few weeks later, in June, everything indicated that the Italian had opted to continue with yamaha and in the Petronas
, as the Team Principal of said set, Razlan Razali, to the Malaysian newspaper Ita Berita Harian ’, hopeful that ‘Il Dottore’ Stamps his signature on his new contract before the first race of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship (July 19 in Jerez), as he assures that ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’ has already done.
“So far the negotiations have been positive. There is no signature yet but I hope everything will be resolved before the start of the championship next month. Rossi he is not a normal pilot, there is a lot to talk about and it is not an easy conversation ”, he explained at the time Razali, making it clear that the announcement of the signing of Valentino was very close to occur.
However, the Malaysian team leader added that he still had to discuss some things with the pilot via videoconference and finish negotiating some points, something that would already be more than settled. “It is possible that Rossi ends his career with us. It would be an honor”he added.
Coronavirus changed everything
Yamaha, in February, already showed its full support to Valentino in case he decided to continue. “Yamaha will continue to be there for Valentino, whatever he decides for the future. If you feel confident and continue competing, we will provide you with a motorcycle YZR-M1 factory and full technical support. ”
At that time, ’The Doctor’ He wanted to give himself a few margin runs to test himself and see if he could really return to being competitive on the back of a Yamaha with which he suffered a lot in 2019, but the breakdown of MotoGP due to the coronavirus crisis prohibited him from testing himself, something that has made to make one more decision by feelings, heart and the words of the Petronas, that for concrete results on your motorcycle.
In addition, in his favor will be the fact of coinciding with his great friend Franco Morbidelli in the ranks of the Petronas, something that can come in handy to work with the Italian-Brazilian to progress together on the back of a motorcycle that Fabio Quartararo She already showed that in 2019 she was ready to fight for everything.