After an undeniably unsuccessful two-year relationship with Ducati, motorcycle superstar Valentino Rossi has decided to take his talents back to Yamaha, the team he left at the end of the 2010 season for what he hoped would be greener pastures.

The deal signed by Rossi will see him wearing Yamaha blue for two years – the 2013 and 2014 seasons – and teaming up once again with Jorge Lorenzo, the 25-year-old Spanish rider who won the World Championship in 2010 and is currently doing the same for 2012. Though Lorenzo is undoubtedly an extremely gifted rider, Rossi is a fan and sponsor favorite and is sure to help Yamaha bring in some much-needed sponsorship dollars.

As to who will be filling Rossi's vacated saddle at Ducati, rumor has it that the Italian team is most interested in Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso. If that's the case, he will be paired up with American Nicky Hayden, who has been with Ducati since 2009. Dueling press releases, one from Ducati and the other from Yamaha, can be found below. Suffice it to say, the 2013 MotoGP season – even without Casey Stoner – is shaping up to be rather interesting.
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Ducati and Rossi to part ways at the end of 2012:

As the MotoGP series awaits its return to action for the August 19 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Ducati announces that its working relationship with Valentino Rossi will conclude at the end of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.

Ducati wishes the Italian well for the new challenges that await him, and in the meantime, the team will continue to give its best effort in order to improve over the latter part of the season.
Racing has always been in Ducati's DNA, and now more than ever, it is integral to the Borgo Panigale company's product development and image. AUDI shares Ducati's strategic approach and agrees with its growing commitment to competition.

Therefore, having recently renewed its agreement with American Nicky Hayden, Ducati is in the process of finalizing the team that will take part in the 2013 World Championship, confident that its team and bike will be capable of competing at the highest level.


Friday 10th August, 2012 – Gerno di Lesmo (Italy)

It is with great pleasure that Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd confirms the signing of Valentino Rossi to ride for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team for 2013 and 2014.

Valentino Rossi first joined Yamaha in 2004 and achieved four MotoGP World Champion titles with the Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2004 & 2005 and again in 2008 & 2009. He won 46 Grand Prix races with Yamaha over a 7 year period before leaving at the end of the 2010 MotoGP season.

Rossi, who is presently 8th in the Championship standings, will partner Jorge Lorenzo who currently leads the 2012 MotoGP World Championship by 23 points, having taken five victories from the first ten completed races of the 18 race series.

Lin Jarvis Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing

"This announcement is once again excellent news for Yamaha. In June we were able to sign Jorge Lorenzo for the 2013-14 campaign and now we are able to confirm Valentino Rossi for the next two years. In doing so we have been able to put together the strongest possible team to challenge for victories and to promote the Yamaha brand.

We have run this 'super team' together in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and during that time we achieved the 'triple crown' titles with Rider, Manufacturer and Team World Championship victories for three consecutive years.

The target for the future is obvious and we will do our utmost to achieve our goals.
I have no doubt that with the experience, knowledge, skills and speed of these two great champion riders we will be able to challenge for many race wins and for the 2013 & 2014 World Championship titles.

The signing of Valentino completes our future planning for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team. Now that this is done we will put our 100% efforts into completing the job at hand and to supporting Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo in their search for race victories and for Jorge's 2012 World Championship title challenge."

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Audi cutting costs already. glad to see him riding a Yamaha again
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad to see Doctor back in a team that knows how to develop a bike.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tri tuning forks FTW!
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      Don't really care what team he is on. I just want to see him win again. Great personality and really brings excitement to the sport with it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad to see him back with Yamaha. Couldn't believe he left in the first place especially for...Ducati?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like many fans I thought he should have stayed put. Why leave a team when you have had phenominal success?
      Justin B.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm actually really glad to hear this because now Ducati can focus on winning instead of worrying about what Rossi wants. As has been said, Hayden was clearly the quicker and more consistent rider anyway.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin B.
        Yeah, right. If Ferrari hadn't given Schumacher a car he wanted, he'd have never won five titles with them...
          • 2 Years Ago
          If Schumacher couldn't drive a carbon fiber tubbed car, then is Ferrari suppose to be building a unibody car just for him?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes! YEEES! The Doctor is back, between him and Lorenzo Yamaha will completely dominate MotoGP once again!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like that 80second fix for the ducati is never going to come from Rossi and Burgess.
      Raghav Yamaha 7693
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stonner is young blood agresive but reme the talent in Rossi is never predictable & cant be beaten by anyone , Rossi Coming Back to Yamaha Is best idea . good luck, u can break all records .
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cue the "this is autoblog not motorcycle blog" trolls in 3, 2, 1...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry to see Rossi leave Ducati, but Ducati has been too slow and too cautious with upgrades. If the Doctor can't get a bike to work, I think the bike needs to be changed... and these comments come from a Ducatista. With that said, I give credit to guys like Nicky and Jenson Button in F1 that stick it out and help develop a team.
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