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.