Rossi speaks out over Lorenzo contract

"I think I don’t deserve this after what I have done for Yamaha"

EIGHT-TIME motorcycle World Champion Valentino Rossi has spoken of his disppointment at Yamaha's decision to extend Jorge Lorenzo's contract.

Rossi has admitted he's not chuffed by the decision, stating that it's unusual for a team to have two major players in the same squad:

“Usually the big manufacturers in the last years have always just one top rider each. In Yamaha, we are two … so this is a different strategy that can bring good results, but also big disaster,” said Rossi, in an exclusive interview at Misano.

“I always try to make a great work for developing the bike, and I usually make the work just for me. But now I am also doing it for my worst enemy,” he said, tongue-in-cheek.

“Sincerely, I think I don’t deserve this after what I have done for Yamaha. But this is the Yamaha choice …

“I have to decide about my future with motorcycles at the beginning of June next year – whether I will continue, whether it will be with Yamaha or if I change …" said Rossi, hinting at a move to F1. 

“Before I never thought of going out of Yamaha, but now with this situation with Lorenzo, I have to make a decision,” he said.

And we all know what happened when Rossi got the hump with Honda back in 2003...

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