MotoGP: Yamaha replace Rossi with Quartararo in 2021 and Valentino decide his future midway through the season



Valentino Rossi, in an image of last season.

The official team Yamaha Factory Racing and the multi-champion Valentino Rossi have reached an agreement of take time for the Italian driver to make a decision about his future.

According to a statement from Yamaha, it is the personal position of the runner that defines the situation, which should take midway through the 2020 season in which to continue competing within the official structure for the fifteenth year.

Rossi has asked for this margin to check what his status is this coming season and if it remains competitive. If you decide to continue as a MotoGP rider, Yamaha has assured you to provide a motorcycle with factory specifications and full engineering support, although the pilots of the official structure from 2021 They will be Spanish Maverick Viales and the French Fabio Quartararo.

Lin Jarvis, director of Yamaha Motor Racing, admitted that “Valentino’s decision to see if it’s competitive in 2020 before making a decision is completely understandable any decision about 2021“, and that is something that the team” respects and also agrees. “

Valentino Rossi recalled that Yamaha asked him at the beginning of the year to make a decision about his future. “According to what I said last season, I confirmed that I didn't want to rush into making any decision and I needed more time. Yamaha has acted accordingly, “explained the Italian.

“After the last technical changes and with the arrival of my new team leader my first goal is to be competitive this year and continue my career as a MotoGP rider also in 2021, but before doing so I need to have some answers that only the track and the first races can give me, “he said.

“I am very happy because, if I decide to continue, Yamaha will support me in all aspects, giving me a motorcycle with factory specifications and a factory contract,” added Rossi, who 40 years accumulates worldwide titles in 125, 250, 500 and MotoGP (six times of this).

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