Seven-times world champion Valentino Rossi believes he still has plenty to offer the MotoGP world championship with talks on extending his Yamaha contract expected to start imminently.
Rossi hasn’t won a world title since 2005 and is currently in his worst losing streak since his maiden season in MotoGP back in 2000.
And at 29, he is now one of the elder statesmen in the premier class, with only former factory Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards and fellow Italian Loris Capirossi his senior.
It seems unlikely though that Rossi will quit at the end of the current season and he said: “Since this first year a long time has passed and I have changed a lot, but I was lucky to grow always in big teams surrounded by great people and having the chance to ride the best bikes.
“Let’s say that I’m very happy and very satisfied with my career but I think I still have a lot to offer.
“At this stage of my career I have to combine experience of all these years with the determination and enjoyment of riding.”