Valentino signs on the line to stay with Yamaha MotoGP squad for another two years
Contrary to rumours that the Italian was off elsewhere next season, the 29-year-old will continue to race with Yamaha for the 2009 and 2010 MotoGP world championships.
Rossi joined Fiat Yamaha in 2004 and has a given the team a great deal of success, winning two world championships, 32 races and 20 pole positions.
"After so many years spent in racing, fortunately with so many victories, I needed a special motivation to take the decision to sign for two more years. The best place to find this motivation is Yamaha, since I have a great relationship with Yamaha's directors, which comes from a mutual trust and loyalty. In our team there is a special atmosphere and with this new deal I can continue to work with my crew, where I am part of the project and part of the development of my M1. I had other opportunities but due to Yamaha's efforts to give me the best bike in the best environment, I have decided to stay with Yamaha for two more years. This contract means that Yamaha is the manufacturer I will have spent most of my career with. This means more than a thousand words"
The Italian is currently leading the 2008 championship with three wins and five podiums in the first ten races this year.
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