Petronas boss Rezlan Razali is one of the most discussed person of the MotoGP world nowadays as he lost his youngster Fabio Quartararo who will join Factory Yamaha alongside Maverick Vinales and that means Valentino Rossi could join Petronas for next season.
At the actual stage, the acquisition of the 9-Time World Champion seems to be the only choice for the Italian to compete again in MotoGP as it was just Rossi who said previously that he would have ended his career with Yamaha, so joining Petronas is his only choice to keep his MotoGP journey alive.
More than one time Valentino expressed his desire to race for one more season, but he would have preferred to choose by seeing how competitive he would have been across the 2020 championship, but the pandemic situation will force him to make a decision before coming back on track and that changed Rossi’s plans.
Anyway, Razlan Razali still did not talk with Rossi, but he had some discussions with Yamaha, especially regarding technical things, as Valentino wants to bring his crew in Petronas while Quartararo probably will ask the same. This is one of the key points of the negotiation, even if it seems to be in a really advanced state.
Petronas Boss shared his thoughts with motogp.com about that: “Valentino is a living legend, he is not like the others. We had to discuss with Yamaha on the technical aspects if Valentino comes to us. We are talking about the bikes, the costs. Anyway, I am sorry for him despite being a legend, no-one is above the team, I do not want to change 360-degrees for just one person”
Razali also expressed his desire to be not just the team wherewith Valentino Rossi will end his career: “We want to achieve podiums and to be competitive with him, if he can show that he can still be competitive, anything can happen, even racing for one more year”
The final decision will be taken before August, while the priority is to have Franco Morbidelli also for 2021, even if there were some talks with Jorge Lorenzo: “We had some discussions with Jorge in Qatar, he was enthusiast. He asked me if there was any chance to race with us; with a regular season and a wild card, everything could happen, but it is not a normal year, it is tough for us to consider Lorenzo at the moment”