When it was announced that Valentino Rossi would move to Ducati two years back, fans expected an unbeatable italian godspeed combo. However, that expectation just turned out to be a fairy tale story.
Rossi in the past, has been all over the news with regards to his victories. But in the past few months, he has been headlining with regards to his bitter episode with Ducati and his unflashy races.
Drivespark has received official confirmation that, Valentino Rossi will conclude his relationship with Ducati at the end of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd has confirmed that Valentino Rossi will be racing for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team for 2013 and 2014.
Another question, that is doing the rounds in the motogp garage is, who would replace Rossi at Ducati? We believe, Andrea Dovizioso has a good chance to take up Rossi's place in Ducati alongside Nicky Hayden.
With the exit of Casey Stoner for the 2013 motogp season and the announcement of Ducati and Rossi parting ways and Jorge Lorenzo itching to take on Rossi, is surely shaping up to be a high revving 2013 Motogp Season.
Lin Jarvis Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing
"This announcement is once again excellent news for Yamaha. In June we were able to sign Jorge Lorenzo for the 2013-14 campaign and now we are able to confirm Valentino Rossi for the next two years. In doing so we have been able to put together the strongest possible team to challenge for victories and to promote the Yamaha brand.
We have run this 'super team' together in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and during that time we achieved the 'triple crown' titles with Rider, Manufacturer and Team World Championship victories for three consecutive years.
The target for the future is obvious and we will do our utmost to achieve our goals.
I have no doubt that with the experience, knowledge, skills and speed of these two great champion riders we will be able to challenge for many race wins and for the 2013 & 2014 World Championship titles.
The signing of Valentino completes our future planning for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team. Now that this is done we will put our 100% efforts into completing the job at hand and to supporting Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo in their search for race victories and for Jorge's 2012 World Championship title challenge."