“I would like to race also after 2016. In any case, I will end my career with Yamaha. 36-year-old Rossi said
“I want to try and be at the level I’ve had for the past two years, this is my aim, then we will see during the course of the championship whether I’m capable of fighting for the title.”
Relations between Lorenzo and Rossi have been strained for some time, and the Italian added: “I’ve always respected Jorge Lorenzo, he’s respected me a little less.
“Let’s hope the respect will be mutual this season.”
Disappointment of 2015
Rossi missed out on the 2015 world title by five points to Lorenzo after he won the final race of the season in Valencia in controversial style.
“Yes I think yes. It’s normal that the end of last year was quite difficult, but at the end I am happy with the 2015 season because I enjoyed it a lot and I could fight for the championship through the whole season to the last race. ” Rossi added
“This is just the past, from today we start with a new season from the beginning, it will be hard but we will try to stay at the same level.”