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Valentino Rossi quashes retirement talk

7-time MotoGP winner Valentino Rossi has dismissed speculation he will be retiring from the activity at the finish of the time, stating he is on the verge of signing a new deal with Petronas Yamaha. Rossi, forty one, will depart the Yamaha manufacturing facility group at the finish of the time but is poised for a seat at the satellite Petronas Yamaha outfit in a straight swap with younger Frenchman Fabio Quartararo.

The Italian mentioned he expects an announcement on his new deal at the Catalan Grand Prix in two weeks.

“It is not accurate,” Rossi mentioned forward of his home San Marino Grand Prix this weekend.

“We consider time with Yamaha for the reason that we are not in a hurry and we have anything to correct. But we are pretty near to signing and I will race with Petronas next 12 months.

“I want to say ninety nine% for the reason that it is really not signed. But I imagine that possibly in Barcelona we can give the announcement.”

Just after enduring three complicated races in a row, championship leader Quartararo will be out to create on his three-position edge at the major of the standings.

In his rookie time final 12 months, the Frenchman battled with earth winner Marc Marquez until finally the closing lap at Misano before crossing the line in next location.

“Truthfully, it is really even now complicated to imagine that we’re even now major the championship. It is ridiculous,” mentioned Quartararo.

“I’m self-assured for the reason that it is really a observe that I like, I sense cozy, let’s see. For absolutely sure I will give my highest to battle for victory and the podium.”

Pramac Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia and LCR Honda Castrol’s Cal Crutchlow have been declared suit for this weekend’s race. Bagnaia missed the final three races because of to a knee personal injury when Crutchlow is recovering from arm surgery.