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Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi

With Valentino Rossi’s next career move imminent in MotoGP, it is set to have wide-reaching influences on a number of riders and teams on the grid. But one of the biggest impacts will be felt at Yamaha, with its pivotal role in the saga set to see it lose its appointment with ‘The Doctor’

Yamaha’s decision to swap Valentino Rossi for Fabio Quartararo and the imminent agreement between VR46 and Ducati could mean that the Japanese factory finally end up losing the most popular ambassador the sport has ever seen.

The entire MotoGP community, from the organisers to the teams, are waiting to see what the consequences will be when modern motorcycling’s most iconic figure finally retires. Clearly, that includes Yamaha.

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