Two More Years! Two More Years! Two More Years!
by staff
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Not sure how he did it, but along with his impressive return to form in '14, Rossi has managed to un-age himself. A new two year contract with Yamaha is being discussed.
image by Marco Guidetti

What a difference a year makes.

One year ago the suggestion that nine time world champion Valentino Rossi deserved a new two year deal with Yamaha was not one met with a chorus of agreement. Last season Rossi was coming off two bad years on the Ducati and was flip-floping between being race win competitive--at Assen--and being basically a fourth or fifth place rider. Twelve months ago Marquez was on fire, Lorenzo was fighting the good fight with an injured shoulder and Rossi looked a little like an old race horse.

One year later, Rossi has shagged his longtime crewchief Jeremy Burgess and looks years younger. A race win has eluded him in 2014, thus far, but Rossi has managed to be, at a lot of races, the next-fastest rider behind wunderkid Marc Marquez.

The Mugello round of the MotoGP championship is a special place for Italian Rossi and there is widespread speculation that he and Yamaha will announce this week, a new two year contract.

In 2014 he's earned it and deserves it.


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