been finally confirmed that Italian bike legend
Valentino Rossi will quit Ducati after two unproductive
seasons and return to Yamaha, the team for whom he won
four world championship titles, on a new 2 year
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," read a
statement issued by the Japanese team today.
Following a successful
career at Honda, Rossi first joined Yamaha in 2004 and
achieved four MotoGP World Champion titles with the
Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2004 and 2005 and then again in 2008
and 2009. He won 46 Grand Prix races with Yamaha over a
7 year period before leaving at the end of the 2010
MotoGP season to join Ducati.
Billed as a dream partnership, the marriage between
Rossi and Ducati has been an unrelenting disaster with
no progress being made at any point with the bike and
with the growing rift between rider and team becoming
very public in recent months.
Rossi, who is
presently only 8th in the MotoGP World 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. Lorenzo was Rossi's team
mate during his final seasons at Yamaha.
"This announcement is once again excellent news for
Yamaha," said Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing
Lin Jarvis. "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
"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,"
Jarvis continued. "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 and 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."