FRIENDS TO THE END....
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!”