Friday, 22 January 2010

remain with Yamaha until 2010

The multiple MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi will remain with Yamaha until 2010, the team announced at Laguna Seca this weekend.

The 29-year-old Italian, who joined Yamaha in 2004, has won two of his seven world championships with the Japanese factory team. "After so many years spent in racing, fortunately with so many victories, I needed a special motivation to take the decision to sign for two more years," said Rossi. "The best place to find this motivation is Yamaha. I had other opportunities but due to Yamaha's efforts to give me the best bike in the best environment, I have decided to stay with Yamaha for two more years."

Yamaha confirmed that Rossi, who is currently leading the drivers' title race, will continue to be partnered by Jorge Lorenzo next season. Lin Jarvis, Yamaha motor racing managing director, added: "Valentino is an icon in this sport and he is on top form right now as he challenges to win his eighth world championship and his third title together with Yamaha.

"This signing confirms Yamaha's four-rider line-up for 2009 so now we can concentrate our full efforts on bike development and team organization to make sure that we are in the best possible shape for next year."