Rossi undecided on racing after 2016

Author: Oli Rushby in Valencia Posted: 06 Nov 2015

Rossi says he may retire in 2016

Valentino Rossi has said he has not yet decided whether he will continue racing when his contract with Yamaha expires at the end of next season.

The 36-year-old is half way through a two-year deal with the Japanese manufacturer and told journalists in Valencia that he plans to see the second year out before deciding whether he will remain in MotoGP.

Some had suggested the Italian could retire at the end of this season after becoming disillusioned with the sport following the fall out from the incident two weeks’ ago in Sepang.

However, Rossi insists his passion remains the same: “This doesn’t modify my passion or my thinking at all,” he said speaking in Valencia. “I will race next year as I have a contract.”

The Italian wouldn’t be drawn on whether he’ll continue after 2016, instead saying he’ll see how he gets on with the changes set to come in to force next year including spec-electronics and the switch from Bridgestone to Michelin tyres.

“During next year a lot of things will change,” he continued. “After that I will decide if I will continue or not.” 

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