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Valentino Rossi: 2016 ‘year zero’ for MotoGP

"I wanted very much to make two more years because I want to try the 2016 MotoGP bikes" - Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi believes tyre and electronic changes will make 2016 like 'year zero' for MotoGP.

The nine time world champion recently signed an extension to his Movistar Yamaha contract, keeping him in MotoGP for at least the next two seasons.

At the Sachsenring on Thursday, Rossi revealed that the 2016 changes - Bridgestone to Michelin tyres and the introduction of a standard ECU system - were a major factor in his decision.

“I wanted very much to make two more years because I want to try the 2016 bikes,” said Rossi. “I think that MotoGP will change very much after next year because two of the crucial things, electronics and tyres, will be different.

“So maybe it will be another type of riding style, another way to control the bike. It can change very much. It is like the year zero.”

Rossi is joint second in the world championship with Dani Pedrosa heading into this weekend's German MotoGP. Pedrosa's Honda team-mate and reigning world champion Marc Marquez has won all eight races so far this year. took a look back at the extensive range of bike-tyre combinations Rossi has raced with in MotoGP earlier this week...

Tagged as: Yamaha , Valentino Rossi

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July 10, 2014 4:56 PM

If the electronics are reduced then Valentino will be on fire!!!!!!!! Not many riders can adapt and those who have been brought up with electronics might suffer a bit until they can learn to ride with less aides, if they can!!!


July 10, 2014 7:38 PM

Thats why i love this Legend.. Allready dreaming on is new Toy with Blue tyres this This is Motogp atitude, i will not retire until i wach a new Motorcycle in new rules with new problems.. He loves this=).. Can t wait to see how will be the M1 to.. one thingh is 4sure with an hungry Rossi onboard Yamaha will not sleep...

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