Published on 10 Aug 2012 by Toni M.
After Ducati announced that they are parting ways with Valentino Rossi at the end of another troubled season, Yamaha has issued their press release confirming the return of the Italian back to the fold.
It is with great pleasure that Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd confirms the signing of Valentino Rossi to ride for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team for 2013 and 2014.
Valentino Rossi first joined Yamaha in 2004 and achieved four MotoGP World Champion titles with the Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2004 & 2005 and again in 2008 & 2009. He won 46 Grand Prix races with Yamaha over a 7 year period before leaving at the end of the 2010 MotoGP season.
Rossi, who is presently 8th in the Championship standings, will partner Jorge Lorenzo who currently leads the 2012 MotoGP World Championship by 23 points, having taken five victories from the first ten completed races of the 18 race series.
Lin Jarvis - Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing
“This announcement is once again excellent news for Yamaha. In June we were able to sign Jorge Lorenzo for the 2013-14 campaign and now we are able to confirm Valentino Rossi for the next two years. In doing so we have been able to put together the strongest possible team to challenge for victories and to promote the Yamaha brand.
We have run this ‘super team’ together in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and during that time we achieved the ‘triple crown’ titles with Rider, Manufacturer and Team World Championship victories for three consecutive years.
The target for the future is obvious and we will do our utmost to achieve our goals.
I have no doubt that with the experience, knowledge, skills and speed of these two great champion riders we will be able to challenge for many race wins and for the 2013 & 2014 World Championship titles.
The signing of Valentino completes our future planning for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team. Now that this is done we will put our 100% efforts into completing the job at hand and to supporting Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo in their search for race victories and for Jorge’s 2012 World Championship title challenge.”
With one of the key players for 2013 now in place, the 2013 silly season is still very far from over. We still have to find out if Cal Crutchlow will continue to ride for Yamaha Tech3 or if Herve Poncharal will finally be able to field a French rider as he has always wanted to. If Andrea Dovizioso will make a move to the Ducati factory team, if Ben Spies will actually be racing in MotoGP next year or if will he return to World Superbikes. Will Ducati form their Junior team and chose between Andrea Iannone, Scott Redding or Danilo Petrucci. Will Alvaro Bautista continue riding for Gresini Honda or will Fausto Gresini have to make his sponsor happy and chose and Italian rider, and then there are the CRT teams and what they will be doing next year and if they will survive the highly volatile economic situation that Spain and the rest of Europe is facing daily.