Valentino Rossi could be the next big name MotoGP rider to sign for 2015 after confirming that he will soon start talks with Yamaha for a new two-year deal.

The nine time world champion had insisted he would only continue if he was more competitive than last year.

Currently third in the world championship and the top Yamaha rider, Rossi is now set to follow reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez in putting pen to paper.

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"I think yes [I will continue] because last year I had some good races - also one victory - but especially in the second part of the season I was a bit too far from the top three," explained Rossi.

"So I wanted to see if this year was better and sincerely I feel better. I enjoy a lot, to continue to race and work with Yamaha and my team.

"My plan is to make another contract of two seasons and I think in the next weeks, next races we will speak with Yamaha to continue."

Money is unlikely to be a stumbling point in the new negotiations, with Rossi known to have taken a pay cut (Forbes claims Rossi's Ducati contract was worth $17 million annually) to secure a return to Yamaha after two miserable seasons on a Desmosedici.

"I have the [MotoGP salary] record? I don't remember - a lot more than now anyway!" Rossi joked, when Marquez was asked if his new contract put him near Rossi's previous pay level.

Rossi has claimed two second places from the four races, all won by Marquez, leading up to this weekend's French MotoGP.

With Colin Edwards retiring, Rossi - 36 next February - will be the oldest rider on the 2015 grid.

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Yearby23:
AE is 24...and done nothing so far through his career.
Dovi is 28, a 125cc champion and 250cc runner up to Lorenzo.
Competitive and a GP winner on a Repsol Honda, beat Vale in his first race in 2008 at Qatar on a Scot Honda, and was awesome on the Tech3 and is doing a good job on Ducati..[\blockquote]

Totally agree with that, but I don't understand why so many of you here try to move him elsewhere. The guy is precisely where he belongs - give him a break ...