Yamaha boss: We want Rossi back next year
Yamaha’s European boss Eric de Seynes has made a stunning announcement at this year’s Suzuka 8 Hours race, admitting that it’s a priority of the Japanese factory to get Valentino Rossi back racing at Suzuka.
Rossi last raced at Suzuka in 2001, taking victory with Colin Edwards for Honda – and swearing at the time never to return to the physically draining event at the height of the Japanese summer.
However, with the race set to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2017 – and with a new Honda Fireblade on the way to try and wrestle the title back from Yamaha at Honda’s home race, the Yamaha boss let slip that they want to see Rossi on the machine.
“This race is key in the racing calendar, and we would love to get Vale for the anniversary. It’s been already discussed, but we know it’s a project that we could match some day. Will we achieve it next year? I don’t know. But I know for sure one day he will enjoy returning to Suzuka.”