Valentino Rossi: "The future of the MotoGP is at stake this year"

"Racing is essential for everyone, not just for riders. Yamaha bet on Quartararo and Vinales. I expected it, but our relationship goes further."

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The first training sessions at the Ranch, then the motocross bike and the return on asphalt at Misano with the R1 soon: Valentino Rossi is preparing to get back on his Yamaha MotoGP and is counting the days like a child waiting for Christmas.

Getting on the bike and training was the thing I wanted most," the Doctor said in an interview with La Repubblica, "Returning was as exciting as the first time. I really missed leaving the house, seeing my friends, going to dinner. Enjoy springtime. I almost even felt the need to go back to the gym. I said 'almost'!" he said jokingly.

Everything is slowly returning to normal which, for a rider, means racing.

We can't know exactly what will happen but, in my opinion, in the end, we'll be racing," Valentino said, "because we want to race. The future of the MotoGP is at stake. It's important for everyone. For the riders, of course. But also for the teams, the people employed in the paddock. The sponsors. There are lots of people who need to come back to work as soon as possible. The races will be crucial this year."

For everyone, but especially for Rossi, who would have liked to test his level on the track before making a decision whether to continue or not. He'll probably have to choose before putting the wheels of his M1 back on the asphalt.

"For 2021, Yamaha bet on Vinales and Quartararo. I kind of expected it. It wasn't a surprise, " he explained. "But my relationship with Yamaha goes beyond this. We gave each other a lot. I'm glad that they're ready to give me an official bike next season too. When I leave, I'll miss the MotoGP. I've always been a rider. But it's worth continuing only if you go fast."

He didn't, however, want to hedge his bets regarding his future with Petronas.

"Let's see how this strange season will go," Valentino said. "For the moment, I'm only thinking of racing in the first race of 2020."

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Translated by Leila Myftija

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