The nine-time grand prix bike world champion joined Yamaha in 2004 and helped remodel the Japanese marque’s kind, successful back-to-back titles.
Rossi would win two extra with Yamaha in 2008 and 2009 to take his premier class haul to seven, and in the end finished his MotoGP career with the marque on the finish of 2021.
The Italian served two stints with Yamaha, first from 2004 to 2009 and once more from 2013 to the top of 2021 following two dismal seasons with Ducati in 2011 and 2012.
Of his 89 MotoGP race wins, Rossi claimed 56 of those with Yamaha and is the marque’s most profitable rider in grand prix historical past.
Since retiring in 2021, Rossi has launched into a automobile racing marketing campaign within the GT World Problem Europe with WRT and owns the VR46 squad that competes in MotoGP.
Rossi linked up with Ducati for his workforce’s debut in 2022, although it has been linked to a Yamaha swap because it seems to be to have a satellite tv for pc squad once more after RNF Racing switched to Aprilia for 2023.
The VR46 Ducati deal runs to the top of 2024, whereas Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis mentioned on the Americas Grand Prix that it was unlikely the Japanese producer would have a buyer squad subsequent season.
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Model Ambassador with Tetsu Ono
Picture by: Yamaha
Nonetheless, Rossi turning into a Yamaha model ambassador may very well be seen as the primary steps in the direction of a VR46 satellite tv for pc tie-up in 2025.
“After all, it is a nice second for Yamaha and it‘s additionally an emotional growth for the followers, who I‘m certain miss Valentino‘s presence in MotoGP since he retired from his profitable profession,” Jarvis mentioned.
“Valentino and his M1 shared a particular bond. His arrival at Yamaha was the catalyst that fully modified our MotoGP racing programme to the purpose that Valentino and Yamaha virtually grew to become synonymous.
“Collectively we achieved many wins, podiums, and 4 championships, after which there are additionally the moments behind the scenes: the laborious work but in addition the enjoyable elements and the shared ardour for racing.
“We at all times thought-about Valentino as ’household‘, and as quickly as he expressed his want to maintain utilizing Yamaha bikes and to change into a Model Ambassador, we went to work to make it occur. We’re thrilled that Valentino is now formally our ambassador.”
Yamaha and VR46 do have a partnership at the moment within the MotoGP paddock within the type of the Yamaha VR46 Grasp Camp workforce in Moto2.
Rossi’s workforce at the moment leads the riders’ standings in MotoGP with Marco Bezzecchi, who heads the championship by three factors previous to Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez – which Rossi is attending.