Valentino Rossi Leaves Honda Staff
by Staff
Italian newspapers report that Honda made it official today, after the Valencia Grand Prix, announcing that Valentino Rossi is leaving the team. The parting was described as amicable and not related to compensation, although it is reported that Honda offered about $5 mil. vs. the $7 mil that Rossi is expected to receive from Yamaha next season. Rossi talked about wanting new challenges, and was apparently not happy that next season there would have been six riders receiving Honda rides identical to his. At Yamaha he will be definitely the center of attention. Those who read Italian can can have a look at the reports.

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