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Rossi: “I can continue for a couple of years”

Rossi: “I can continue for a couple of years”

Valentino Rossi spoke with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport ahead of the 2016 season, their interview covered his future and his private life.

After twenty years of racing, sixteen of which have been spent in the premier MotoGP™ class, Rossi reflected on being the ‘Peter Pan of bikes’, under a spell of eternal youth. ‘The Doctor’ feeling he was simply genetically lucky and trys to stay mentally healthy. Attention quickly turned to the season ahead, “The tests went better than last year where I began with one of the best races of my career. But it will be difficult to repeat it, though I would like to get on the podium,” said Rossi.

With all of the factory riders’ contracts coming to an end before 2017, Rossi’s future in MotoGP™ remains as hot a question as ever. Will he renew his contract this year? Will he continue to race? “I will take five or six races to decide, but I am pretty convinced I can continue for a couple of years and then maybe Yamaha says something, because I get white hair! But at 39 years old I will be able to run a dozen car races still, make the most fascinating races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans or the Dakar. Although there you have to get up too early,” joked the nine-time champion.

Despite the smiles and jokes, Rossi was as focused as ever and concluded with a clear and simple statement: “A year ago I started well but ended badly. I would rather start not so well but be strong until the end.”

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MotoGP, 2016, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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