Valentino Rossi’s current contract with Yamaha expires at the end of 2016, but The Doctor is considering racing for two more years beyond that….assuming the first half of the 2016 season goes well that is./
All riders are faced with new tires and new control electronics, so there will be a new learning curve that is required for all teams for the first few races, but if all goes well then Valentino is considering 2 more years in MotoGP. It is probably safe to assume that he will want to stay at Yamaha for those 2 years. Speaking to Sky Sports Italia Valentino said:
“At the end of 2016 my contract will expire. So I will have to decide whether to continue for another two seasons or not. If I continue, it will be for two seasons as all the contracts are for two years.”
“It will be like 2014 when I said I will look at it after the first few races,” he said. “You have to look at the first five or six races then start thinking.”
“A rider would want to choose [at the final race] in Valencia, calmly, but the market starts before that, so you have to look after the first five or six races and decide.”
As with every MotoGP season there are rumours and crazy speculation about who will go where after the 2016 season, especially as many riders contracts expire at the same time, and there has already been talk that Ducati have approached Jorge Lorenzo. Will Yamaha want to hang on to Valentino after 2016? If he stays competitive and if Jorge Lorenzo was to leave then maybe Rossi would make a good elder team-mate to an up and coming youg rider and he could act as a mentor? Maverick Vinales maybe? That’s just our crazy speculation….one thing is for sure, you can expect the 2016 silly season to be the most silly of all.