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Rossi claims he will retire within next five years

Rossi claims he will retire within next five years

Valentino Rossi was the big attraction this weekend at Yamaha Day, the annual festival organised by the Japanese factory.

Valentino Rossi was the big attraction this weekend at Yamaha Day, the annual festival organised by the Japanese factory.

Although it has a somewhat misleading title, taking place over the entire weekend, Yamaha Day celebrated its 10th anniversary at Misano with the presence of Rossi and other members of the factory MotoGP team on Saturday.

The five-time MotoGP World Champion also commented to the press about his future in the sport, explaining:

"I have a contract with Yamaha until 2008; when that finishes then we'll see. What I am sure about is that I will ride until I am 31 or 32 at most. I will look for new stimuli in the next few seasons, but now I am decidedly motivated."

One of the reasons for his motivation is the recent form of Casey Stoner, who has become Rossi's big rival this season.

"There are 21 points between me and Stoner, but last year there were 51 between me and Hayden," he noted. "In the past, I was tempted to move to Ducati, because of the big adventure that it seemed: an Italian rider on an Italian bike. But there is no reason to change if you are already at home in a team."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, Valentino Rossi

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