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GP Week : Issue 202
MOTOGP >>> nEWs VALENTINO AND YAMAHA – one more time Valentino Rossi looks set to see out his MotoGP career with Yamaha. The Italian legend told the assembled media at the French Grand Prix that he was looking forward to two more years aboard Yamaha M1s. “sincerely I feel better and I am enjoying it a lot, to continue to race and to work with Yamaha and my team,” Rossi said. “so my project is to make another contract for two seasons and I think in the next weeks, during the next races we will talk with Yamaha in order to continue.” Rossi seems to have picked a strong moment to suggest an extension to Yamaha. He has been comfortably more competitive that teammate Jorge Lorenzo this season and changes within the Yamaha team appear to be paying dividends. If Rossi does complete two more seasons, he will have ridden in the top category for 17 years. He is currently in the middle of his ninth season with Yamaha, and has won 67 GPs in MotoGP, 37 of them on Yamahas. MICHELIN BACK TO MOTOGP Michelin has won the contract to supply MotoGP tyres from 2016. The French company, which departed the sport in 2008, is expected t start its tyre test program mid-next season. According to Dorna, three companies requested tender documents but only the French company submitted an application. The other companies are believed to be Dunlop, which is the sole tyre supplier to Moto2 and Moto3 and Pirelli, which supplies the Superbike World Championship. “Our policy of carrying over our technologies from track to street fits perfectly with the new technical regulations which are due to be introduced in 2016 and which will dictate the use of 17-inch wheels,” Michelin Motorsport’s Director Pascal Couasnon said in a statement. “That is why Michelin decided to submit a bid following the tender process instigated by Dorna Sports. We take this opportunity to thank the governing bodies for the confidence they have placed in us today. Their confidence recognises Michelin’s expertise and the 26 Riders’ world titles it has secured.” Attention will now turn to how Michelin will prepare for its return to the top category. There are suggestions that Colin Edwards, who will retire at the end of the season, may be retained as a test rider. The Texan, who won both his Superbike World titles with Michelin, has been non-committal about a role, but it would make sense for a rider with recent experience to become involved. 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: