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Valentino Rossi: The prince pushes me to race in 2022

Friday, 25 June 2021

The Doctor's future is up in the air.

Valentino Rossi has significant doubts on whether he will be able to race for his own VR46 team in MotoGP™ next season.

The brand-new team was recently announced ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, and it was confirmed the outfit will be running two Ducati bikes for the next three years.

After a very difficult season with Petronas Yamaha SRT, Rossi’s future is still very much in the air with retirement looming as a very likely option for the Italian.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Saud, who is a major backer of Rossi’s new team, said he would like to see the Italian ride for Aramco Racing Team VR46.

Rossi commented on the situation in a recent press conference; “I’ve still not decided because I will think more deeply during this break. I also have to speak with Yamaha and the team. But we want to try for a better performance and a better result for sure.

“The start of this season until now under this point of view was not fantastic, so I think it will be very difficult that I will race also next year. Yes, always the Prince pushes me to race in my team next year with the Ducati, but at the moment I think it will be very difficult."

It will be fascinating to see what direction Rossi decides on for 2022.