Valentino Rossi, arguably one of the best motorcycle racers ever to have lived, may grace a Honda Motorcycle with his presence once again in next year’s Moto GP.
Rossi is a nine-time world champion who left his Honda team back in 2005. The team was gutted to have lost him and envious of Yamaha for managing to sway him across. Since the move Honda has only won one of the seasons in 2006 with Nicky Hayden, when unfortunately Rossi had crashed out earlier in the race.
Rossi had a good beginning to this year’s Moto GP until crashing out of his home town Mugello during the second practice race on Saturday 5th June. He suffered a fractured right tibia which will take over 2 months to repair so will miss the rest of this season. Mugello was the first Moto GP race start he has missed since 1996 when he debuted in the Moto GP competition.
The vice president of Honda Racing Corporation has said that he hasn’t ruled out the chance of Rossi returning to his former team in the 2011 competition. However, this comes at a time when Ducati have decided to make significant changes in order to improve their standings from the current 2010 results. This could see Ducati, Yamaha and Honda all in direct competition to sign Rossi to their teams.
Valentino has yet to comment on the situation and will focus on his recovery before thinking about next year’s season, but is to have stated he knows he already has a bike for next season at Yamaha.
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