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Yamaha: Two more years for Rossi

2014-07-03 08:46

NEW DEAL: Valentino Rossi (right) talks with engineers during the 2014 Dutch GP in Assen on June 27, 2014. He's signed a new contract to extend his time at Yamaha by two years. Image: AP / /Vincent Jannik

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi will see out his career with Yamaha after signing a new two-year agreement with the works team that will take him through to the end of 2016.

Yamaha hoped the 35-year-old, a nine-times World champion - seven of them from MotoGP - would stay with them for the rest of his racing career.

STRONG SEASON

Yamaha Motor Racing managing director Lin Jarvis said: "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 - even beyond.

"Since his return to Yamaha in 2013 it's been a very positive experience for everybody involved. His enjoyment is obvious to all who meet him at MotoGP events or who see him race on TV... it shows in his excellent race results in 2014."

Rossi is enjoying a strong 2014 season and is second in the championship with four second and one third place from eight races though Honda's Spanish MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is dominant with eight wins.

Rossi, who returned to Yamaha in 2013 after a barren two years at Ducati, said: "I'm very proud of this announcement. It's great because this was my target; I wanted to continue, I'm feeling good and I'm motivated to keep giving my best.

"I'm very happy that I can keep riding my YZR-M1.
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