MotoGP star Valentino Rossi does not intend to end his career at the age of 41. The Italian driver, who will finish in the Yamaha factory team after this season, will race for next year’s Petronas stable in the World Championship series, which also uses Yamaha machines.
“The contract is ready and I will sign it. We will announce it this weekend,” the nine-time world champion said in today’s interview with Sky Italia before training at the Catalan Grand Prix in Barcelona.
Rossi won his first title in his second season in the World Championship Series, in which he made his 1995 debut in 125cc capacity. He then added another in the higher categories up to 250 and 500 cc. He triumphed six times in the MotoGP class, which was introduced in 2002. Only his compatriot Giacomo Agostini (15) and Spaniard Ángel Nieto (13) have more world titles.
In total, Rossi won 199 podium finishes during his career, most recently being third in this year’s second race in Jerez. He has been waiting for victory since 2017.