MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has confirmed that he will decide his MotoGP future over the summer break after a season best result in Le Mans.
Rossi, who has won nine world titles, six of which were in MotoGP, has had a dismal start to 2021, the worst start to a season ever in the Italian’s illustrious career. After the Jerez test, where he has said that he found improvements, it does seem as though there is light at the end of the tunnel, as he has secured an 11th place finish in France after being on pace all weekend.
The big question that remains is, will Rossi continue riding into 2022? He has confirmed that the decision will come in only a few months, during the summer break, which is now only four rounds away.
“Speaking with Petronas and Yamaha it’s more half-season because after nine races we have the summer break and I think I will decide for next year in that period, after nine races,” Rossi told Indonesian media.
“I’m happy if I can race also in 2022 and come to Indonesia, but we need to wait for the results and if I can be competitive, so at this moment I cannot promise anything but I will try to be there in 2022.”
If Rossi does retire, he will likely take up a more comprehensive management role in his VR46 team, which will enter the premier class from next year. He has confirmed that he will not ride for his own team.