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Moto GP: Valentino Rossi extends contract with Yamaha until 2018

  • Rossi and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo start the season for Yamaha this weekend.
Modified 19 Mar 2016, 13:36 IST
Valentino Rossi
Yamaha's MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi

Italian Valentino Rossi has signed a new two-year contract to ride for the Yamaha MotoGP team until the 2018 season, the Japanese manufacturer said on Saturday.

"I am very happy to announce that Yamaha and I have extended our contract and will continue working together in MotoGP for the next two years," the nine-times world champion said in a statement.

"I am very satisfied with this decision, because it has always been my plan to compete in motorsports for as long as I can be competitive and find it enjoyable at the same time."

The 37-year-old, whose Spanish team-mate Jorge Lorenzo is the reigning world champion, starts the season in Qatar this weekend.

Published 19 Mar 2016, 13:31 IST
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