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Checa welcomes Rossi to Yamaha

Checa welcomes Rossi to Yamaha

Checa welcomes Rossi to Yamaha

Carlos Checa has reacted enthusiastically to the news that he will be joined in the Yamaha factory squad next season by Valentino Rossi, claiming that the arrival of the World Champion will benefit himself as a rider and the team in general. The Spaniard, who was the top Yamaha rider in 2003 as he finished the championship in seventh position, added that he was looking forward to forming a close friendship with the Italian.

"First of all I would like to welcome Valentino to the team and express my delight at this news," commented Checa, just hours after the announcement by Yamaha that they had secured Rossi's services for the next two seasons. "I have always wanted the best alongside me and I think that this is the ideal way to progress as a rider and as a team. I hope that we work well together and make the Yamaha a winning machine once more, to bring back happy times to the factory and the sponsors.

"I also think that the incorporation of the MotoGP World Champion is the clearest sign yet that Yamaha are going for everything next season and that, without doubt, will help the development of the bike and whole package on the track, allowing us to aspire to maximum achievement. With respect to Rossi's decision, my opinion is that as the World Champion he has been brave, and has decided to take on a new challenge in his sporting career with the offer from Yamaha. Personally, all I can say is that I'm sure our relationship will be good, his integration will be quick and that we can be good friends," concluded Checa.

MotoGP, 2003, Valentino Rossi

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