Yamaha plockar in snabba Fabio Quartararo till fabriksteamet 2021

Maverick Viñales har skrivit på ett treårskontrakt med Yamaha fram till 2022 och Fabio Quartararo ersätter Valentino Rossi när hans kontrakt går ut i slutet av säsongen, som därmed blir petad från fabriksteamet. Frågan är om detta blir sista säsongen för ”Vale” i MotoGP?

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director Yamaha Motor Racing kommenterar

“While we have total respect for and confidence in Valentino‘s abilities and speed for the 2020 championship – at the same time Yamaha also have to plan for the future. These days, with six motorcycle manufacturers in the MotoGP class, fast young talents are greatly in demand, and consequently the riders‘ market begins ever earlier.”

“So, it‘s a weird sensation to start a season knowing that Vale will not be in the Factory Team in 2021, but Yamaha will still be there for Valentino, whatever he may decide for the future. If he feels confident and continues to race, we will provide a Factory-spec YZR-M1 bike and full engineering support.”

“If he decides to retire, we will continue and expand our collaborations off track with the young riders‘ training programmes of the Riders Academy and the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp, and with him as a Yamaha brand ambassador.”

“Anyway, that is all speculation – right now we have a full season ahead of us and I can assure the fans that Valentino will have our 100% support every day until he eventually one day decides to hang up his leathers!”

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