Rossi told Sky at the launch of the 2016 Yamaha M1: “I think I’ll end my career with Yamaha, I think that’s right …in the event of my wanting to continue I hope they would give me a bike”. Rossi came a close second to fellow Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo last season after leading for most of the year.
The last race was contentious with Rossi getting a grid penalty after a clash with Marc Marquez, and Marqez then being accused of not doing enough to stop Lorenzo winning in Valencia.
Rossi and Lorenzo shook hands Monday but did not look each other in the eye. He said riding the M1 would be almost like starting from scratch.
“This year will almost be like starting from scratch since there are many new features on the bike, from the tyres to the electronics, but we will try to be ready for the start of the season,” he said.