MotoGP: Rossi confirms he’ll continue beyond 2018 ‘if I’m still competitive’

Published: 29 June 2017

Valentino Rossi has confirmed that he’ll continue in the premiere class past the end of his current contract for the 2018 season, admitting that if he maintains his current level of consistency in the early part of next year he’ll look to extend his deal with the Movistar Yamaha squad.

The Italian, who became the oldest ever rider to win a race in the modern class last weekend in Assen at 38 years old, as well as extending his winning record to an incredible 21 seasons long, admitted the news that will please millions of fans worldwide ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

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“When I signed the contract, I thought maybe it was the last one but I wasn’t sure. It depends very much, and I’ll decide next year at the beginning of the season. But if I’m still competitive and able to win, I’ll continue.”

And while he’s had an up and down start to the 2017 season so far this year, Rossi was also adamant that there still might be a chance for the elusive title number ten come the final round of the year in November.

“It’s changed a lot from Barcelona last year, because since then we had nine winners last year and already five this year. That means the key is to win when it’s possible, when the bike and the tyres allow it, but at the same time try not to make mistakes in the difficult weekends.”

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