Nine time World Champion Valentino Rossi has hinted that he wants to continue racing with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP™ next year in an exclusive television interview with Sky television in Italy.
The Italian MotoGP™ star returned to Yamaha at the beginning of 2013 of course and last year he achieved six podiums including a win at Assen, followed up by a great race ten days ago in Qatar to finish second at round one – after a thrilling battle with current World Champion Marc Marquez.
Rossi has stated for several months that his level of competitiveness in the early rounds of the 2014 season would be key to his decision to remain in MotoGP™.
Having run Marquez so close at Losail he told Sky of his 2015 plans, “I think I will renew with Yamaha. I never had the idea of quitting, I feel in good form and above all racing gives me immense pleasure. It’s the most enjoyable thing in my life, I love this world and I love the lifestyle which comes with being a MotoGP™ rider, training hard and traveling the world. As long as I am competitive I hope to continue.”
He then went on to add, “Now it’s key to see how competitive we can be in Texas and in Argentina and see if we really are at a better level than in 2013. Last year the Qatar race went well but this year the second place was an even better performance in the race. I’ve ridden at a good level throughout my career but now it is more difficult. We have to be very competitive and we know that winning the World title again is really hard, but if we’re near the front every Sunday that is fine.”
Asked what was the favourite bike he had ridden in his career, Rossi responded, “I have ridden so many beautiful bikes, Aprilia, Honda and Ducati. But my favorite bike is definitely the Yamaha M1!”
When quizzed on who he thinks will win the 2014 MotoGP™ title, Rossi stated with a smile, “I think Marquez will be the World Champion again, and I’ll try to give him a little luck.”