Valentino Rossi would not be surprised if reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez spends his entire career at Honda.
After winning three successive titles with Honda, Rossi famously left for Yamaha at the end of 2003, feeling that too much credit was being given to the bike and that his achievements were not being appreciated.
But asked if 21-year-old Marquez, who has claimed all four poles and race wins this year, could face a similar situation Rossi replied:
“I don't know, sincerely, the situation in Honda now. But maybe it has changed from the past. In 2003 I just needed some different motivation. It is something you have inside you, in your heart.”
In stark contrast to his 2011 Ducati move, Rossi claimed instant success with Yamaha, winning the first of four world championships on the M1. Rossi is currently third in this year's standings, as the leading Yamaha rider.
“It was a great choice for me to go to Yamaha. I think every rider has a different story, different career and different feelings inside. I think Marc can race for Honda his entire career if he feels good,” Rossi declared.
Marquez's contract, like that of nearly all of the top riders, expires at the end of this season. Earlier in the Jerez weekend, Marquez confirmed he currently has no intention of changing teams.
Five time 500cc world champion Mick Doohan spent his entire grand prix career with Honda.