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Rossi’s best mate since school and still his right-hand man

“For sure it’s good news for us, for two more years and stay­ing with Yamaha. The re­la­tion­ship with Yamaha is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter, Valentino is just as fast as ever, and we’re very happy. When VR46 and Yamaha want the same things, it makes it easy for us.

“Next year we’ll do one bike in Moto2 next year with Fe­nati, and we’re very happy with that too, be­cause it’s a new chal­lenge for us. It’s go­ing to be ex­cit­ing, and it’s good to see VR46 be­come a lit­tle big­ger too. It’s very im­por­tant for him to have the Academy kids – it’s un­be­liev­able how much stay­ing with the young riders keeps him younger too!”

Boss of the Suzuki Mo­togp team and an old friend of Rossi’s

“Of course it’s good news to see Valentino stay­ing for two more years. I think ev­ery fan is happy about this; you can see how he’s still the most pop­u­lar racer all around the world.

“Hav­ing him in Mo­togp at­tracts a lot of spec­ta­tors, and ev­ery­one should be happy that he’s stay­ing. It’s a shame though be­cause it means we never have the chance to say hello on a race week­end!”

Mo­vis­tar Yamaha’s team boss

“From Vale‘s side this is a state­ment of com­mit­ment to the sport he loves and to­wards the Yamaha brand; from Yamaha‘s side it’s a con­fir­ma­tion of the recog­ni­tion to the rider that has brought us four Mo­togp world ti­tles and who re­mains so pas­sion­ate about his sport and is still highly com­pet­i­tive.

“This new agree­ment con­firms that Vale will fin­ish his rac­ing ca­reer with Yamaha. I think his ex­pec­ta­tion and ours is that this will be his last con­tract in Mo­togp – but, as we’ve learned, you can never say never!”

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