Valentino Rossi signs with Yamaha for two more years

Valentino Rossi signs with Yamaha for two more years

Seven-time MotoGP world champion – nine times world champion in total – Valentino Rossi has signed for two more years with Yamaha, extending his tenure with the factory team to 2020. 39-year old Rossi will enter his 13th season with Yamaha, ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail circuit this March 16, riding the Yamaha YZR-M1.

During his time with Yamaha, Rossi garnered 56 first places, 43 second places and 35 third places, across a total of 206 races, with 365 Grand Prix starts across all classes. Moreover, out of Yamaha’s 500 Grand Prix victories, Rossi posted 55 wins, representing a single rider contribution of 11% to the total.

By 2020, Rossi will have been racing for 25 seasons, coming off last year’s season of six podium places, with a single victory in Netherlands, and a fifth place in the 2017 MotoGP championship standings. Rossi owns the VR46 Racing Team, and has dropped hints that he will enter the team in MotoGP after his retirement.

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  • 12yrsold on Mar 16, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    The Icon & a Legend. VR46 is moto racing personified. At 38 years young last year, he showed some young pretenders how to ride a bike even when he’s injured.

    I hope Rossi will win a few more races to justify why Yamaha sign him again on a $10 million annual salary. Have an injury free season VR bcos you will score points when U are happy & healthy. Cheers…

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    • Rossi is excellent at selling merchandise, which the yellow shirts are crazily buying. He has not won a championship for the past 8 years. Last year he won only one race. And his average win for every season for the past 8 seasons are 1.7 race. He should retire noe while still on top. With dignity.

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      • If want great achievements, he should join Ducati instead

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        • daniela on Feb 25, 2019 at 8:48 am

          He actually did it in 2011-2012 with no achievements whatsoever. His best performance was in Le Mans (3th place), with no chance of winning the championship.

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  • Syabas on Mar 16, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Selangor water crisis is more important than this ok!

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