Nine-time world champ Rossi joins Petronas Yamaha SRT in 2021


Italian rider Valentino Rossi

PETALING JAYA: It is confirmed that Rossi will join Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team for the 2021 MotoGP season.

The 41-year-old Rossi needs no introduction, considered by many as the Greatest Of All Time through a record-breaking career in the premier class of the sport since 2000.

Rossi has competed in the premier class since 2000 and is the only rider in history to win 125,250,500 and MotoGP World Championships.

In the premier class alone, Valentino boasts seven world titles, 89 race wins, 199 podiums, 55 pole positions and 76 fastest laps.

As part of Petronas Yamaha SRT in 2021, the Italian will compete aboard a Yamaha YZR-M1 for the ninth season in a row.

The move will see Rossi join the satellite team in what will be only their third season in the MotoGP category, after the Malaysian squad made their debut at the Qatar GP in 2019.

That first season in the premier class saw Petronas Yamaha SRT rack up six pole positions and seven podiums, and win the Independent Teams’ Championship.

This year has already seen two pole positions, four podiums and three race wins, and the lead of the outright Teams’ Championship, for the outfit.

The announcement of Rossi alongside fellow countryman and friend Franco Morbidelli completes the Petronas Yamaha SRT cast for 2021 – a line-up eager to write another chapter of MotoGP history next year.

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