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Valentino Rossi signs new two year contract.

Valentino Rossi signs new contract

Valentino Rossi has signed a new two year contract to stay with the Movistar Yamaha team.

The 39 year old will continue to race into his 40s as he chases that elusive tenth world title.

Since rejoining Yamaha in 2013, he has consistently finished on the podium against much younger riders. He narrowly missed out on the world title in 2015, finishing second behind team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

This new deal will mean that Rossi will compete in the world championship for a record 24 years, with 15 years as a Yamaha MotoGP rider. His incredible record includes over 200 podium finishes across all classes. He has won nine world titles across the paddock, with 7 MotoGP titles to add to his 125cc and 250cc world titles.

Long career

His maiden victory came at Brno in 1996 during the 125cc race and his victory last season in Assen meant there is 21 years between his first and last races. Whilst he will easily be the oldest rider in the championship, six podium finishes in 2017 mean he is still highly competitive.

Speaking about the new deal, Rossi said:

When I signed my last contract with Yamaha, in March 2016, I wondered if that would have been the last contract as a MotoGP rider. At that time, I decided that I‘d take that decision during the following two years. During the last two years I came to the conclusion that I want to continue because racing, being a MotoGP rider, but especially riding my M1, is the thing that makes me feel good.