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    Its Official - Rossi & Yamaha!

    Check out and look under the breaking news section.

    He's bumped Melandri to a satellite team and will ride with Checa as his teammate.

    Should be fun next spring...

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    Yamaha Signs Rossi To Two-Year Deal
    by staff
    Monday, November 10, 2003

    This just in from Yamaha:


    Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Has concluded an agreement with 2003 World Champion Valentino Rossi to head its MotoGP line-up in 2004 and 2005. Rossi will join Yamaha's wholly-owned factory racing team from 1st January and will begin the 2004 championship on board the Yamaha YZR-M1 in South Africa on 18th April.

    Rossi eventually won nine of the 16 races in this year's MotoGP World Championship having sealed his third consecutive premier class title with a victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix on 12 October. He celebrated the feat with emphatic race wins the following weekend in Australia and at the season finale in Valencia, Spain on Sunday, 2 November. The 24-year-old Italian's three MotoGP crowns followed a glittering career in the smaller classes that saw him take 125cc and 250cc World Championships before stepping up to motorcycle racing's premier series.

    Rossi and Honda held a joint press conference at the Valencia circuit after last weekend's race to announce the end of their four-year relationship. The formal announcement cleared the way for Yamaha to conclude an agreement with Rossi.

    "We are all extremely happy that Valentino will be joining Yamaha in 2004," commented Mr Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing. "In our discussions with him it is clear that he relishes the challenge of achieving our goal in MotoGP as much as we do. He is an incredible talent and will make a huge difference. Obviously there is a lot of hard work ahead of us, but we are confident that we can give Valentino the means to achieve more World Championships and we look forward to the challenge ahead. This is a very important step in our plan to re-establish Yamaha as a leading force in Grand Prix racing."

    Rossi will be joining Spaniard Carlos Checa in the Yamaha factory team based near Monza in Italy and run by team director Davide Brivio. Checa's current team-mate, Italian Marco Melandri, will move to the Tech 3 Yamaha team (currently the Gauloises Yamaha Team). Managed by team principal Hervé Poncharal, the French based squad is a close partner of Yamaha. The combination ensures a strong line-up for Yamaha in 2004 and both teams will continue under the Yamaha-Altadis umbrella sponsorship agreement with the Gauloises and Fortuna brands. Final colours and co-sponsors for the 2004 season have yet to be announced.

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    Hmmmm..... wonder how much sales of Yamahas will rise if they do well this year?
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    I don't think sales fluctuate that much on MotoGP results... at least I don't think they would?

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    i think it will be noticeable the sale of yammi's over honda's in europe ,but i think honda will do well in north america if hayden does well .They wil prob do a crazy marketing campaign to try and get MOTOGP out to the masses .Why does everybody know Andretti's name and not DOOHAN or rossi etc?.Same top level of motorsport.

    Notice how more and more motorcycel commercials are popping up even at a non-cycle event or program ,,could be a big year for bikes

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    In the past factories have only used names associated with North American racing to promote sales in North America. I don't think you will see this change.
    Honda wasn't using Rossis' name here in their add campaigns, but they were using the stigma surrounding the RC211V. I'm sure they will use this same angle when the time comes to promote the 10RR.
    If there are any significant sales increases in North America that can be attributed to MotoGP I think they will be for the factories who enlist prominent North American riders.
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