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Valentino Rossi’s future remains the hot topic in MotoGP, with most insiders pinpointing Yamaha as the Italian’s destination. He left the Japanese squad in 2010, having missed several races through injury, but has since claimed only two podiums for Ducati.
Another big name yet to seal his imminent future is compatriot Andrea Dovizioso. Rossi is aware of this and admits that it is another reason to organise things sooner rather than later.
“I can’t wait to make the decision,” he told Motor Cycle News. “If not, Dovizioso becomes very angry (laughs). But at the same time the problem is to wait for Audi and Ducati. It is very early to understand who will come to help Ducati, so I have to make a bet without seeing the situation very clearly. I also have a third option but it is not in the factory team. I am considering this option but, for sure, I want to stay with a factory bike.”
When asked how he would feel about returning to Yamaha and possibly playing a number two role to Jorge Lorenzo, Rossi replied:
“This is another important thing when making the choice because at Ducati I can be the number one and at Yamaha I would have Lorenzo. It is another thing to consider. My feelings have changed a lot because the situation has changed. I had some problems in the past with Jorge, especially because I was angry with Yamaha.
“After all I did for Yamaha, they put a very strong team-mate in the team - so I was p****d off with Yamaha more than him. Now it is a different situation and I understand that Yamaha made the right choice for Yamaha. That is not a big problem.”
Rossi’s current team-mate, Nicky Hayden, has already re-signed with Ducati for 2013.
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