Will Petronas Yamaha be Rossi’s last MotoGP colors?

This Monday Valentino rossi has shown his new Petronas Yamaha SIC colors in his 22nd MotoGP campaign and it is up to him to decide after the first third of the 2021 championship whether they will be the last as a rider or there is another year to spare.

As is clear in his contract, the only thing that Valentino Rossi does is change the colors of his Yamaha M1 since he maintains his status as a factory pilot of Iwata for which he has driven from 2004 to 2010 in a first stage and from 2013 to 2020 in a second stage and in this third it is assigned to the satellite team to make room for the promise of the three tuning forks Fabio Quartararo.

And David Muñoz, Idalio Gavira and Matteo Flamigni have come with him from the Yamaha Factory, who continue as Valentino’s chief mechanic, track advisor and electronic engineer in this new journey with Petronas.

Razlan Razali, the director of the Petrionas SRT structure, assures when asked about a possible renovation of Valentino Rossi that “As for all drivers, the first five or six races of the year will be crucial. Rossi is a very experienced driver, he will also need them to assess his performance. Apart from that, the contract is for one year because our agreement with Yamaha, and also with Petronas, expires at the end of the season and we could not undertake a longer commitment ”.

After adding the 125cc and 250cc world titles, the Tavullia rider jumped into MotoGP in 2000 with a team assembled for him with the Italian beer brand Nastro Azzurro as the main sponsor and full support of Honda, a pseudo satellite rider status that he now recovers. .

Valentino Rossi dressed as Nastro Azzurro Honda in 2001

After two years in this structure of the 500cc era, where he won his first world title in 2001, he joined the Repsol Honda Team in 2002 and 2003, already in the MotoGP era, with two more titles.

Uccio and Valentino at Repsol Honda in 2002
Uccio and Valentino at Repsol Honda in 2002

After breaking free from Honda, he began his first stage at Yamaha from 2004 to 2010 in which his four remaining crowns fell.

Valentino Rossi kisses his Yamaha at Welkom 2004
Valentino Rossi kisses his Yamaha at Welkom 2004

In 2011 and 2012 he joined his destinies with Ducati, but the union was very unsuccessful for both parties in which Valentino did not win races, only signed three podiums, and even considered retirement.

Valentino Rossi - Ducati team
Valentino Rossi – Ducati team

Yamaha took the idea out of his mind by re-hosting him from 2013 to 2020 with 10 races won in this period.

Moto GP free training. Valentino Rossi.
Moto GP free training. Valentino Rossi.

ALL ROSSI MOTOGP EQUIPMENT

2000-01 Nastro Azzurro Honda (500cc)

2002-03 Repsol Honda

2004-10 Yamaha Factory

(Gauloises Fortuna, Gauloises Yamaha, Camel Yamaha and Fiat Yamaha)

2011-12 Ducati Team

2013-20 Yamaha Factory

(Movistar Yamaha and Monster Energy Yamaha)

2021 Petronas Yamaha SRT

Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli of the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team
Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli of the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team

ALL ROSSI MOTOGP TEAMMATES

2000 Nastro Azzurro Honda Solo

2001 Nastro Azzurro Honda solo

2002 Repsol Honda Tohru Ukawa

2003 Repsol Honda Nicky Hayden

2004 Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Carlos Checa

2005 Gauloises Yamaha Colin Edwards

2006 Camel Yamaha Colin Edwards

2007 Fiat Yamaha Colin Edwards

2008 Fiat Yamaha Team Jorge Lorenzo

2009 Fiat Yamaha Team Jorge Lorenzo

2010 Fiat Yamaha Team Jorge Lorenzo

2011 Ducati Team Nicky Hayden

2012 Ducati Team Nicky Hayden

2013 Yamaha Factory Racing Jorge Lorenzo

2014 Movistar Yamaha Jorge Lorenzo

2015 Movistar Yamaha Jorge Lorenzo

2016 Movistar Yamaha Jorge Lorenzo

2017 Movistar Yamaha Maverick Viñales

2018 Movistar Yamaha Maverick Viñales

2019 Monster Energy Yamaha Maverick Viñales

2020 Monster Energy Yamaha Maverick Viñales

2021 Petronas Yamaha SRT Franco Morbidelli