Rossi not extending Audi Ducati: Signs Yamaha MotoGP

Ducati’s loss is Yamaha’s gain. Though rumors to this effect were in the pipeline, it is now officially declared that Valentino Rossi, the champion Italian motorcycle racer, has signed with Yamaha MotoGP. Rossi will represent the Yamaha team at the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP season. Rossi’s partnership with Yamaha goes back a long time which has seen the young racer successful in four of a total of seven MotoGP titles with Yamaha.

Yamaha’s No 1 rider, Jorge Lorenzo has also extended his contract till the 2014 season and now with the addition of Rossi to the team, Yamaha is geared to compete in MotoGP with what many consider the strongest team possible. The duo have raced together during 2008, 2009 and 2010 during which Yamaha achieved three crown titles, Riders, Manufacturers and Team World Championships.

Rossi leaves Ducati at the end of this season where his place will be taken by Yamaha Tech riders Cal Crutchlow or Andrea Dovizioso. Ducati announced that the 33 year old Rossi’s contract with the company will come to an end at the end of this year. Rossi also denied rumors that he was going to retire at the end of this season. His last victory was in October 2010 in Malaysia and Rossi currently stands eighth in the world championship classification.

In a statement released by Ducati, they stated, “As the MotoGP series awaits its return to action for the August 19 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Ducati announces that its working relationship with Valentino Rossi will conclude at the end of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship. Ducati wishes the Italian driver all the best in the new challenges he will face, and will in the meantime continue to do all it can to ensure growing success in the last part of the season.”

Read the press release below for more information.

News Release

Ducati and Rossi to part ways at the end of 2012:

As the MotoGP series awaits its return to action for the August 19 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Ducati announces that its working relationship with Valentino Rossi will conclude at the end of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.

Ducati wishes the Italian well for the new challenges that await him, and in the meantime, the team will continue to give its best effort in order to improve over the latter part of the season.
Racing has always been in Ducati’s DNA, and now more than ever, it is integral to the Borgo Panigale company’s product development and image. AUDI shares Ducati’s strategic approach and agrees with its growing commitment to competition.

Therefore, having recently renewed its agreement with American Nicky Hayden, Ducati is in the process of finalizing the team that will take part in the 2013 World Championship, confident that its team and bike will be capable of competing at the highest level.

YAMAHA FACTORY RACING PRESS STATEMENT

Friday 10th August, 2012 – Gerno di Lesmo (Italy)

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.”