After several twists and turns and rumors in between, Valentino rossi signed his contract for 2021 with the team Yamaha Petronas. The 41-year-old Italian ensured his continuity in the top category of motorcycling. It will be his 26th season in MotoGP and the 17 on board a motorcycle of already Japanese brand
The contract is valid for one year, although if both parties are satisfied with the results, they can extend it for another year. Valentino I already anticipate that he intends to continue running for a few more years at the highest level. The announcement was made in the preview of the GP of Catalonia.
The Italian gave statements at an impromptu press conference of his new team when the news was confirmed. In the first instance, he commented on his feelings of reaching the satellite team of Yamaha. Furthermore, it must be borne in mind that Petronas is one of the favorites to win the title, since it is having a good performance in the last races.
‘Il Dottore’ commented that he is with great emotions to continue in Moto GP. “I am very happy to continue driving in 2021 and more to do so with the Petronas team. Without being very serious and very organized. It will be good to have Franco Morbidelli as a partner, as he is an academy pilot. We can work together to make very good things happen, ”said Rossi.
In addition, the Italian commented that it was not an easy decision. “I have thought a lot before making this decision. The challenge is getting tougher every day. To be among the best in MotoGP you have to work a lot and hard, train every day and lead the life of an athlete, but I still enjoy it, ”he assured the few media present there.