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Yamaha chief “very impressed” with Hamilton’s MotoGP test

Yamaha Racing’s managing director Lin Jarvis says Lewis Hamilton “did himself proud” on his test on Valentino Rossi’s 2019 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 at Valencia this week.

Rossi: “Much has changed” since I last drove an F1 car

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi says “much has changed” since he last drove a Formula 1 car – which was a Ferrari F2008 at Barcelona in 2010.

Gallery: Hamilton and Rossi swap rides at Valencia

Six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi swapped their respective rides at Valencia this week, and here are all the photos. Click on the arrows to scroll through them.

Hamilton and Rossi complete ride-swap

Six-time Formula 1 World Champion and seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi have completed their ride swap at Valencia.

Worried Rossi insists “we need more” from Yamaha engine

Valentino Rossi insists that Yamaha “needs more” from its MotoGP engine after sampling the latest motor this week during Jerez post-season testing.

Rossi: New Yamaha engine still "long way" off rivals

Valentino Rossi says Yamaha still has "a long way" to go to match its MotoGP rivals' top speed, despite positive initial impressions from the 2020 prototype engine.

"Not happy" Rossi thwarted by "wrong" qualifying strategy

Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi has lamented a "wrong" Valencia qualifying strategy that left him mired in traffic and consigned him to a lowly 12th on the grid.

Rossi: Others have adapted better to '19 bike demands

Valentino Rossi believes MotoGP’s current crop of top riders have done a better job at adapting their riding style to the demands of modern grand prix racing.

Rossi "lost the podium" in Malaysia at Turn 1

Valentino Rossi feels that he lost his chance to finish MotoGP's Malaysian Grand Prix on the podium at the very beginning of the race, when "all the Ducatis passed me".

Hamilton/Rossi ride swap locked in for December

The long-anticipated machinery swap between Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi has been locked in for December 9 at Valencia, Motorsport.com has learned.

Rossi: 2019 only a "little better" than Ducati nadir

Valentino Rossi admits his current worst season as a Yamaha MotoGP rider is only “a little bit better” than his two difficult seasons with Ducati.

Rossi: Lack of top speed caused me to fade at Phillip Island

Valentino Rossi said Yamaha's straightline speed deficit cost him a lot during MotoGP's Australian Grand Prix and was a big reason for why he finished only eighth.

Rossi fears 2021 rider market will move "too soon"

Valentino Rossi fears that the MotoGP rider market for the 2021 season could move "too soon" for him to be able to make a fully-informed decision whether to retire or not.

Rossi has 'perhaps hung around too long' - Burgess

Valentino Rossi "has perhaps hung around a little bit too long" in MotoGP according to his former crew chief Jeremy Burgess.

Rossi "not good enough" in braking at Motegi

Valentino Rossi admits he is losing too much time relative to the other Yamaha MotoGP riders because he struggled with braking during Japanese Grand Prix qualifying.

Rossi shelves Yamaha updates at Motegi

Valentino Rossi has ditched the updated Yamaha exhaust and swingarm he has used since August’s Misano test for the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix.

Rossi: Yamaha would be "crazy" not to retain Quartararo

Valentino Rossi says his MotoGP employer Yamaha will pull out all the stops to keep Fabio Quartararo beyond 2021 if it's not "crazy".

Rossi: "Very similar" race frustrating after warm-up boost

Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi says his difficult Thailand Grand Prix was “very similar” to prior recent races, which came as a disappointment after he’d showed promise in warm-up.

Rossi set to split with crew chief Galbusera

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi has confirmed he will part ways with his crew chief Silvano Galbusera at the conclusion of the 2019 MotoGP season.

Rossi doesn't understand "bad" Aragon GP pace

Valentino Rossi says he doesn’t understand his “bad” pace in the MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix, which left him 23.6 seconds from the win in eighth place.

Rossi: Yamaha no longer "embarrassing" on acceleration

Valentino Rossi says the Yamaha MotoGP bike's acceleration deficit is no longer "embarrassing", as it was during last year's Aragon Grand Prix.

Aragon MotoGP: Vinales leads Rossi in FP2

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales led Valentino Rossi in the second MotoGP practice at Aragon as Marc Marquez took fourth place despite forgoing a qualifying simulation in the end.

Rossi seeking "solution" to catch up fellow Yamahas

Valentino Rossi says he is seeking a "solution" to his current deficit to fellow Yamaha MotoGP riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo after finishing a distant fourth at Misano.

Rossi spat provided Marquez with "extra motivation"

Marc Marquez says the spat between he and Valentino Rossi in MotoGP qualifying provided “extra motivation” to win the San Marino Grand Prix, even though it was not “necessary”.