The Italian rider Valentino Rossi will leave the Ducati team next season, where he chained disappointment the last two years, to return to Yamaha, with which he has signed a contract for two seasons and where he will share with the current team leader of the World MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo.
Ducati Rossi said Friday, I would leave the team and Yamaha thereupon confirmed the return of the Italian to the 2013 and 2014 seasons. ‘Il Dottore’ attempt to rejuvenate old laurels in the brand’s pitch, which won four World Cups and 46 races in the top flight in a fruitful period that lasted seven years between 2004 and 2010.
Yamaha’s director, Lin Jarvis, said he was pleased to announce good news again after signing in June Jorge Lorenzo renewal for the next two years. “We have put together the strongest team possible to fight for wins”, he said in a statement.
“We’ve had this super team in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and during that period we got triple crown, the drivers’ championship, constructors and number of wins for three consecutive years. I have no doubt that with experience, wisdom, talent and speed of these two pilots we will be able to fight for many victories in the next two World Cup”, he explained.
Thus, confirming the news that takes planning to the paddock MotoGP since Ben Spies announced that Yamaha would not continue in a thinly veiled disgust. Lorenzo reacted quickly, that rated as “good for Yamaha”, Rossi a possible return. “What I want is to have a competitive driver in the team”, stressed the Spaniard recently.
Lorenzo arrived in 2008 in the Yamaha MotoGP team with the backing of his two consecutive world titles in 250cc. In the Japanese they found a Rossi that had accumulated five World Cups in the top and has not made life easy for his new partner.
The famous ‘wall’ to separate ‘boxes’ that won the Italian created a palpable tension that the competitiveness of both drivers was responsible for stoking. After two new titles in 2008 and 2009, Lorenzo managed to unseat in 2010 to his teammate, who left the team heading for Ducati, which has accumulated disappointments.
For his part, he stressed that Ducati is already working on the new project, after “recently renovated” the American Nicky Hayden . “Ducati is in the process of finalizing the team that will participate in the World Championships in 2013, I’m confident that my team and the bike is capable of competing at the highest level,” he said.