Rossi still uncertain over future
Seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi has admitted he will wait to see where he stands after the first six races of next season before deciding whether or not to continue his illustrious career. Rossi's most recent world title was in 2009, with the Italian breaking his leg early in 2010 and missing a large chunk of the year, then making an ill-fated switch to Ducati for 2011.
Rossi has never hidden the fact he is only willing to remain in the sport if he is able to challenge for the championship, and the Yamaha rider has now admitted if he feels he can no longer do that then 2014 will be his last season in MotoGP. While Betfair customers will continue to back the Italian star after all he’s achieved, last season’s results highlighted just how far Rossi was from the leading riders.
The legendary seven time MotoGP champion claimed a record 80th victory during his return to Yamaha this year, but 2013 was ultimately a disappointing season for Rossi with Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and championship winner Marc Marquez in the championship standings all leaving the Italian in their wake.
After a disappointing 2013, Silvano Galbusera has been hired to replace Jerry Burgess as Rossi’s crew chief. The new chief has a strong record with Yamaha after helping guide the likes of Troy Corser, Noriyuki Haga, Cal Crutchlow and Ben Spies to multiple race wins.
But it remains to be seen whether or not Galbusera will be able to help Rossi get back to where Betfair customers believe he can challenge for next season’s championship – and Rossi has admitted he might not wait too long into next year before deciding whether to carry on in the sport.
"If I'm here and I want to keep racing, I will have to stay ahead in 2014, closer to the first three. From February to June, the tests and the first six races will be crucial for deciding whether to continue or stop racing in MotoGP at the end of the season. I'd like to continue for another couple of years, but only if they are competitive."