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Entertainment Rossi signs new contract

16:20  26 september  2020
16:20  26 september  2020 Source:   sport1.de

Waiting for announcement: Why Rossi's Petronas deal is delayed

 Waiting for announcement: Why Rossi's Petronas deal is delayed © Motorsport Images In the background work continues on the course for 2021 For weeks it has been clear that Valentino Rossi will contest the MotoGP season 2021 in the Petronas-Yamaha team . This has not yet been officially announced. His two home races at Misano in September were considered as timeframes for the contract announcement. Whether that will work is still open. "It's a complicated process because there are three parties involved," says Yamaha manager Lin Jarvis at MotoGP.com.

veteran Valentino Rossi signs a new contract with a Yamaha customer team on the sidelines of the Grand Prix of Catalonia in Barcelona.

Rossi unterzeichnet neuen Vertrag © Provided by sport1.de Rossi signs new contract

The ink is dry: As announced, the Italian superstar Valentino Rossi is switching from the Yamaha works team to Petronas and will remain in the top MotoGP class for at least one year.

The 41-year-old signed a contract for 2021 on the sidelines of the Catalonia Grand Prix in Barcelona, ​​announced by the Yamaha customer team.

"It is an absolute honor to welcome Valentino Rossi - an iconic driver and legend - to the team next year," said Petronas team principal Razlan Razali: "His experience will be of great benefit to the team."

Lin Jarvis: "Petronas initially had concerns about Valentino Rossi"

 Lin Jarvis: © Motorsport Images Lin Jarvis has signed the contract with Yamaha, Rossi and Petronas The Yamaha satellite team Petronas-SRT did something that Tech 3 as a Yamaha partner never managed to win the MotoGP race. After eight races, Fabio Quartararo leads the drivers' championship, but also the team standings. Since Franco Morbidelli also won a race, it has happened for the first time since 2006 that a satellite team with both drivers was successful.

Will Rossi win 200 podium at Petronas?

Rossi is swapping the motorcycle with the young Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (21), who is joining the works team for the new Petronas season. The nine-time world champion Rossi will drive alongside his Italian friend Franco Morbidelli.

"The contract is ready and I will sign it. It will be announced at the weekend," Rossi said during the week. "The Doctor" is still the most famous pilot in the motorcycle circus. Only his compatriot Giacomo Agostini (15) and the Spaniard Angel Nieto (13) won more world titles than the veteran.

Rossi made his debut in the 125cc class on an Aprilia in 1996 and became world champion just one year later. This was followed by titles in the 250s and 500s. Rossi triumphed six times in MotoGP, which was introduced for the 2002 season. The crowd favorite won the World Cup at least once in every class in which it competed.

All in all, Rossi, who was last champion in 2009, has stood on the podium 199 times in MotoGP. However, his last victory so far dates back to 2017, his last top 3 placement was achieved in Jerez at the end of July.

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