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Rossi contract renewal discussion progressing positively

Rossi contract renewal discussion progressing positively

Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis is confident of re-signing five-time premier class World Champion Valentino Rossi on a new two-year contract.

Following recent comments by MotoGP standings leader and mutli-World title winner Valentino Rossi that he is hoping to renew his contract with Yamaha in the coming months, the Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing Lin Jarvis has given an update on the progression of discussions between the parties.

Jarvis and Rossi have separately commented that a two-year agreement to cover the 2009 and 2010 is on the cards and the deal is expected to be completed by this summer´s break in MotoGP races, after the visit to Laguna Seca in July.

Jarvis told, `At Mugello, as scheduled, we had a meeting, Masao Furusawa, Valentino and myself. It was a very positive meeting. The good news, not only for us, but for MotoGP, is that we are discussing a two year programme with Valentino.´

`I think 90% certainty has become 95% and we are in agreement on the main line. Basically, there is nothing really complicated to sort out, it is simply that it is a big contract. There are always details and that´s it, we just need to get the paperwork done.´

In response to the question as to whether Rossi´s current three-race winning streak had made the contract renewal discussion any smoother, Jarvis commented, `I think it has made it easier in the sense that if he is winning races he is enjoying himself, he is having fun and he is confident with the Yamaha package, which is giving him what he needs.´

`From our point of view that (winning races) was important, but not a condition, though I think for Valentino, to give him that security and confidence to make that next two year step with Yamaha, it is important for him.´

MotoGP, 2008, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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