Rossi confirms at least two more years in MotoGP with Yamaha

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Maverick Vinales of Yahama was third followed by Dani Pedrosa in fourth and ageless warrior Valentino Rossi in fifth place.

MotoGP tomorrow returns to action with its Qatar season-opening race with top names predicting this season promises to be the most competitive ever.

Rossi just turned 39, already a dinosaur by the standards of MotoGP, and he'll be 41 when the contract expires.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team is confident in their partnership with the Tavullia rider ahead of the first round this weekend in Qatar.

Drudi's creativity brought Rossi's concept to life: a helmet that he would have worn should his racing career have taken place in the 1970's, an idea the champion from Tavullia, Italy, has had in mind for years.

"Having the opportunity to work with my team, with Silvano, Matteo and all my mechanics, and working with all Japanese engineers, Tsuji-san, and above all Tsuya-san, is a pleasure - I'm happy".

Yamaha Racing mananing director, Lin Jarvis says the decision came natural from both sides.

When the red lights go out on Sunday night at the Losail International Circuit, 30 minutes north of Doha, for the start of the 15th Qatar Grand Prix, it will be the 12th time this race this race has opened the series and the 11th time it will be held under spotlights. Their times at the finish were identical and the photo finish showed them exactly abreast across the line but, since the MotoGP scoring system does not allow for a dead heat, Lorenzo was awarded the win because his fastest lap was faster than Dovizioso's. Now it is our job as a team and a factory to give him the best possible YZR-M1 to let him fight for race wins and championship success.

"I've signed so as to have no regrets", the 39-year-old Rossi said. "I know it's going to be hard and it requires a lot of effort from my side and a lot of training; but I'm ready, I am not lacking in motivation".

He is the rider that's been active the longest in Grand Prix Racing (he made his debut in 1996, this will be his 23rd season, and he has made 365 Grand Prix starts in total, of which 273 were in the MotoGP class). It didn't even surprise me to see the Suzukis out front.

If the design proves popular, we might get a road-going replica to buy in the future. "It can be a risk (the new contract) but if I follow this (logic), I would have stopped already six, seven or eight years ago", the victor of 89 MotoGP wins, said.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider's future has become one of the hottest talking points in the silly season, with almost every manufacturer reported to be monitoring his situation.

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