MotoGP moves are already on fire as long as Maverick Vinales released the first bomb of the season announcing his contract’s renew with Factory Yamaha until 2022, after a long Winter where there were a lot of speculations about his future. Everyone thought that the Spaniard was going to thing about Ducati for 2021, but Top Gun had other plans and kept his seat in Yamaha for other two years where he will try to compete for the World Championship.
There was only one seat left so alongside him to be his teammate and of course the choice was between Fabio Quartararo and Valentino Rossi, with both guys having their contract about to expire at the end of 2020. We still do not know if 9 Time World Champion is going to retire at the end of this season, but apparently Yamaha, as reported from motorsport.com made his move giving his seat to 2019 Rookie of The Year Quartararo, with the French who is going so to be next Vinales’ teammate.
Rossi seems to do not have anything in his hands to keep his seat in Factory Yamaha but that does not mean he is going to retire at the end of 2020. There is the possibility of competing again in 2021 and 2022 by going into Petronas Team, replacing Fabio Quartararo, or even a little chance to see his own team in MotoGP, but chances are really low at this stage. Valentino could be intrigued to go in the Satellite Team in case his brother Luca Marini would join him to be his teammate to complete a family line up.
Nothing has been decided and we do not have any official statement yet, but Yamaha seemed to have done his choice as reported by motorsport.com and surely it is a big one, because it could be the end of Valentino Rossi’s career after over 23 years in the World Championship for a really truly living legend.