7-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi has dismissed speculation he will be retiring from the sport at the close of the period, expressing he is on the verge of signing a new deal with Petronas Yamaha. Rossi, forty one, will depart the Yamaha manufacturing facility crew at the close of the period but is poised for a seat at the satellite Petronas Yamaha outfit in a straight swap with younger Frenchman Fabio Quartararo.

The Italian reported he expects an announcement on his new deal at the Catalan Grand Prix in two months.

“It is not accurate,” Rossi reported in advance of his residence San Marino Grand Prix this weekend.

“We get time with Yamaha simply because we are not in a hurry and we have some thing to fix. But we are really shut to signing and I will race with Petronas following 12 months.

“I want to say 99% simply because it is not signed. But I imagine that probably in Barcelona we can give the announcement.”

Just after enduring 3 hard races in a row, championship leader Quartararo will be out to create on his 3-issue benefit at the best of the standings.

In his rookie period previous 12 months, the Frenchman battled with entire world champion Marc Marquez until the closing lap at Misano in advance of crossing the line in 2nd position.

“Truthfully, it is still hard to think that we are still major the championship. It is insane,” reported Quartararo.

“I’m self-confident simply because it is a monitor that I like, I really feel cozy, let us see. For positive I will give my maximum to battle for victory and the podium.”

Pramac Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia and LCR Honda Castrol’s Cal Crutchlow have been declared healthy for this weekend’s race. Bagnaia missed the previous 3 races because of to a knee damage although Crutchlow is recovering from arm surgery.