Yamaha boss: We want Rossi back next year

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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.”

As night falls Lowes says you start hear­ing dif­fer­ent things from the bike Lowes cel­e­brates with Es­par­garó and Naka­suga in the heat at Suzuka The squad built an early lead then man­aged it well to de­liver Yamaha’s sec­ond win in a row

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