Valentino Rossi’s future is still uncertain, even if it seems that the Italian is really close to end the deal with Petronas, finalizing the swap with Fabio Quartararo, who will step up in the Factory Yamaha Team from 2021 replacing the 9-Time World Champion.
Razlan Razali, Petronas boss, talked a lot in the last weeks about the negotiations regarding Rossi and his team; just yesterday, Razali admitted for the first time that they are close to end the deal even if they have something to speak about, but finally him and Valentino Rossi will have a video chat in these days.
Anyway, also Fabio Quartararo started speaking about the possibility that Rossi could continue with his actual team and in an exclusive chat with motorsport.com explained why Valentino should consider the move to keep racing also in 2021, postponing his retirement from MotoGP.
“Petronas is a family; if you have to be 10 hours on full, there is no problem at all. When I am done, I am messing around until it is time to go back to work. I think that the combination of professionalism and good vibes is what characterize our team”, started Fabio.
Quartararo believes that there are no teams more professional than Petronas: “Sincerely I do not know how a Factory team works, but I doubt that it is more professional than ours”. Surely 2019 Rookie of the Year will have the answer on 2021, where he will step up into Factory Yamaha Team.
Frenchman then talked about the previous season, where he stunned the world: “My engine produced 500rpm last year, less than the rest. My bike did not have a carbon fork, step by step I was earning that; my goal was to show that I was close to the factory riders and even ahead sometimes”.
Mission accomplished for Fabio, who stayed ahead of Factory Yamahas a lot in 2019: “I will not say it is not important, beating the two official riders with a satellite team is always a good thing. That motivates you and it is not unusual”.