The speculation has finally been confirmed that for the 2021 season Valentino Rossi will race in a full factory Yamaha supported Moto GP bike with the Malaysian Petronas Sepang racing team. Joining the team, Vale will teammate VR46 Acadamy rider Franco Morbidelli.
The deal comes days after it was announced Valentino and his long time pit crew would split up after the move to SRT.
The move sees Rossi and Fabio Quartararo switch teams, for the 2021 racing season. After taking the first half of the season to decide his position, Rossi still sees himself a contender after a strong showing despite the Coronavirus pandemic hit calendar.
For weeks Rossi had been saying he is 99% ready to sign, for the SRT team, with SRT team principle Razlan Razali posting pictures at the VR46 ranch in Tavullia, obviously not visiting for a holiday.
The singed deal gives a one-year extension granting Rossi his 26th Moto GP season, which is great news for everybody.
On behalf of PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team and all its partners, it is an absolute honour to welcome Valentino Rossi – an iconic rider and legend into the team next year. His experience will be a great asset to the team as we move into our third season in MotoGP and we are sure we will be able to learn a lot from Valentino. At the same time, we will do our absolute best to assist him to be competitive to reward him for the trust he has in us as a team. We are humbled by this opportunity and ready to take on the challenge. We believe that the combination of Valentino and Franco will provide a truly formidable force on track to help us in our goal of being as competitive as possible together next year. We can’t wait!Razlan Razali