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Rossi would have stopped racing without Yamaha MotoGP return

Valentino Rossi admits he would have stopped racing had Yamaha not offered him a deal to return to the factory MotoGP squad in 2013 following his disastrous Ducati stint. Rossi joined an unfancied Yamaha from Honda in 2004 and went on to win four premier class titles to add to the three he secured with HRC from 2001-2003. He left Yamaha for Ducati in 2011, but endured the worst spell of his MotoGP career, scoring just three podiums across both seasons on difficult machinery. He returned to the works Yamaha team in 2013, where he remained until the end of the 2020 season, with Rossi switching to the satellite Petronas SRT squad on a works-supported M1. Asked to reflect on his 15 years with...
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