The next two years will see popular Italian racer Valentino Rossi continue to compete in the MotoGP World Championship series for the Movistar Yamaha team. According to a recent team announcement, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., has officially signed the nine-time World Champion to race for his current team for the upcoming 2015 and 2016 seasons.
“I am very proud of this announcement,” Rossi said. “It’s very important to me because I really enjoy working with my crew and all the guys from the team, both the Japanese and European members that have been with me almost my entire career.
“It’s great because this was my target,” Rossi added. “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.”
With the 18-round MotoGP season approaching its halfway point at the next race at Germany’s Sachsenring, Rossi is currently second in the overall championship points standings. After eight races so far this year, Rossi has captured four second-place finishes and a total of five podiums. Additionally, one of the popular rider’s podium finishes occurred when he raced his landmark 300th Grand Prix at his home circuit of Mugello in Italy’s Tuscan Valley.
“I am very happy that we have concluded the agreement with Valentino for 2015 and 2016,” said Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis. “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.
Tags: Lin Jarvis, Ltd., motogp, Motorsports, Movistar Yamaha, Sachsenring, Tuscan Valley, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Motor Co., Yamaha Motor Racing“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,” Jarvis continued. “We look forward to the next two and a half years together and it is our intention that Valentino will remain with Yamaha until the end of his sporting career and beyond.”