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Matthew Birt  says:

Jorge Lorenzo unfazed by Valentino Rossi’s potential Yamaha return

Jorge Lorenzo wouldn’t be fazed by Valentino Rossi’s potential return to Yamaha’s factory MotoGP squad next season. Rossi is being strongly linked to return to the Yamaha factory squad he quit at the end of 2010 having won four world titles and 46 races in a seven-year period that was the most successful in the Japanese factory’s history. After a disastrous spell...

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Mar 09

Posts: 5132

Nostrodamus says:

So what Zeelenberg is saying in essence

Rossi can come on board only as long as he's prepared to wear Wosi's gymp suit.

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Oct 10

Posts: 421

racingfan99 says:

Fair enough statement all round I reckon.
To aid in the improvement of the Motogp class in general I would have liked to have seen a lot more riders swapping for next season including Dani and Jorge to really give the class the shake up in desperately needs. I hope Rossi and Ducati do part ways and he gets on a competitive bike and maybe someone else can have a look at Ducati for the secret ingredient. The class is crying out for the Duke to be closer to the Jap bikes and the 2nd Yam should obviously be up there ahead of Tech3 which it would with Rossi on it.

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Aug 08

Posts: 74

A7X_916 says:

I hope...

that there is some real substance to this article and that Rossi will actually be making a return to Yamaha. Spies is not riding well so the ride should go to someone else (Dovi and Cal being two others who should be being considered) and I can see Yamaha picking the rider who will bring them title sponsors as to fund MotoGp for another two years on your own is going to really hamper development etc

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Aug 02

Posts: 2319

Hedgehog5 says:


"Some felt Yamaha wouldn’t contemplate hiring Rossi again, despite his unrivalled success on a YZR-M1 990 and 800cc machine between 2004 and ’10."

While he won in 2004 I don't think his success was unrivalled in any year... he didn't win in 2006, 7 or 2010... ?

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Nov 10

Posts: 296

COZ69 says:

Lorenzo will not be happy at all if the GOAT came back

Imagine his face if Rossi came back and kicked his ass again,

It would turn him into the moaner Stoner is now 

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Apr 06

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CosherB says:

i just can't imagine Rossi on a factory M1 again, especially as team-mate to Lorenzo.

A7X, you mention an important point .... and putting my blinkers aside for a moment, the commercial backing that Rossi has, and is rumoured to be carrying with Philip Morris for 2013, would surely be far more lucrative to Yamaha globally than signing-up Spies again on the strength of his importance to the US market.

ps  can one of our friends from the colonies please explain to me how important Spies is to the US domestic market?  i just don't get it.  similarly, being a Brit, Cal isn't making me rush out and buy and R1.  not yet, anyway ....  ;)

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Jul 11

Posts: 968

motoking says:


just like honda, yamaha wouldn't hire him. who care????!!!!!

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Sep 11

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YamahaGYTR says:

I am 100% certain this will not happen.

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Nov 10

Posts: 296

COZ69 says:


Nothing is 100% pal but I dont think this will happen either,

would make good viewing though

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Feb 11

Posts: 616

Milkybars says:


Spies never got his ride with Yamaha based on his passport. Yawl musta forgot that Yamaha took Spies in at WSBK and he scorched a trail throughout WSBK. He got Rookie of the year, claimed the WSBK World Championship and set so many records that your head spin to understand what he did. It was and has been Yamaha only win in that series. 

Yamaha rewarded him with a ride in Motogp. When he came to the Satellite unit he give them the Rookie of the year in Motogp too. Yamaha rewarded him with a Factory ride. Yamaha has been loyal to him and he has been loyal to them. If he somehow manages to secure a 2nd year contract with them, you can be sure it's not about the passport thing you Brits are quick to claim, rather it's about results, loyalty and respect. He never mouth off about his bike being bad.

Unlike Cal, who constantly bemoans his bike. It's the brakes, its an R1 is better than his Satellite bike, it's this, its that. Threatening them that you had better sign me to a Factory ride or no more 4th places. LOL.

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