Nine-time champion Valentino Rossi signs a two-year deal with Yamaha

Valentino Rossi

Nine-time world MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi has signed a two-year deal with Yamaha Racing MotoGP Team, the constructor announced on Friday.

Italian rider Rossi will team up Jorge Lorenzo for 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Valentino Rossi first joined Yamaha in 2004 and achieved four MotoGP World Champion titles with the Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2004 and 2005 and again in 2008 and 2009. He won 46 Grand Prix races with Yamaha over a 7 year period before leaving at the end of the 2010 MotoGP season.

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing said, “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.”

Rossi is currently placed eighth in the Championship table, will partner Lorenzo who leads the 2012 MotoGP World Championship by 23 points.