Valentino Rossi Speaks of a Continued Contract with Yamaha

Despite a huge amount of speculations regarding the racing future of Valentino Rossi, things are far from being either black or white. In a recent interview with Italian network Sky, the Doctor said that he is indeed considering prolonging his deal with Yamaha.
Valentino Rossi in Qatar 1 photo
Even though some of the racing fans believe that Rossi is simply too old for achieving MotoGP glory once more, there’s clearly more to him that meets the eye. Rossi’s former crew chief Jeremy Burgess said that the Italian was trying to do what he could no longer do, and quitting could be considered as a decent move.

Rossi replaced his long-lasting crew chief last year with Silvano Galbusera, in an attempt to bring a fresh attitude to his racing and take another shot at glory. Having finished on the 4th position in 2013, 63 points adrift Dani Pedrosa and the season’s podium, Rossi ‘s first year back with Yamaha did not return the spectacular results some have been expecting.

However, it looks like his previous year on M1 machinery helped both him and his team prepare a much more competitive bike. At the same time, Rossi understood that during his absence, Yamaha has tailored the bike to suit Lorenzo, and he, as the new team member must adapt to it, and not the other way around.

Positive results were already delivered, as Rossi finished second in Qatar in the debut round and was only 2 and a half tenths slower than Marquez. "I think I will renew with Yamaha. I never had the idea of quitting, I feel in good form and above all racing gives me immense pleasure. It’s the most enjoyable thing in my life, I love this world and I love the lifestyle which comes with being a MotoGP rider, training hard and traveling the world. As long as I am competitive I hope to continue," Rossi tells.

d, "Now it’s key to see how competitive we can be in Texas and in Argentina and see if we really are at a better level than in 2013. Last year the Qatar race went well but this year the second place was an even better performance in the race. I’ve ridden at a good level throughout my career but now it is more difficult. We have to be very competitive and we know that winning the World title again is really hard, but if we're near the front every Sunday that is fine."

In a way, everything falls in place quite well and his latest declarations are coherent with what he told the media earlier, namely, that the pace and positioning in the first half-season will help him decide whether it’s time to call it quits or not. One more week until the next round at the Circuit of the Americas round in Texas… and we’ll know more.

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