The French Fabio Quartararo will replace the italian Valentino Rossi in the official team Yamaha from the 2021 season of MotoGP, announced on Wednesday the Japanese brand in a statement. Quartararo, 20, has also made a commitment to Yamaha by 2022. The Frenchman will have the “total support” of the brand since this year on satellite equipment Yamaha-SRT, for the one who runs since last year.
This announcement is not necessarily synonymous with the end of the race for Rossi, who will turn 41 on February 16. “After a meeting, Yamaha and Rossi have agreed that the Italian’s personal decision to continue or not as an active rider in the MotoGP world championship in 2021 will be taken in mid-2020,” Yamaha said in a second statement.
This request, the company stressed, emanates from the nine-time world champion, who wants a term of seven or eight races to assess their competitiveness. If ‘Il Dottore’ decides to continue at MotoGP, Yamaha will make available “a factory motorcycle and full technical support.” That could come within SRT, the current Quartararo team.
Six poles and seven podiums in 2019
The Frenchman, who turns 21 on April 20, had a good start among the speed elite in 2019, signing six poles and seven podiums (five second places and two thirds).
Fifth of the World Cup after having been close several times after a victory in a grand prize, he was crowned best rookie and best independent driver.
In 2021 and 2022, Quartararo will be associated with Rossi’s current partner, the Spaniard Maverick Viñales, whose contract extension was announced on Monday.