The postponement of the 2020 MotoGP season has thrown a spanner in the works for The Doctor, but the Italian rider wants to keep racing.

In a recent interview with MotoGP commentator Matt Birt, Valentino Rossi suggested that he doesn’t want to hang up his boots just yet, but wants to be confident in his pace.

Valentino says that he will likely make his decision before September, but would ideally like to have some races under his belt before that time.

“I am in a difficult situation because, like I said, my first option is to try to continue,” said Rossi.

“I have enough motivation and I want to continue. It’s very important to understand the level of competition because especially in the second part of last year we suffered very much and too many times I was too slow and I had to fight outside of the top five.

“In my mind, I had another year with the factory team and I needed time to decide and for me, I need like five or six races, with the new chief mechanic, and some modifications in the team to understand if I can be strong.

“The problem is that there’s no racing. So with the virus, we cannot race. So I will have to decide before racing because in the most optimistic situation we can race in the second half of the season, so August or September we hope. But I have to make my decision before. But anyway I want to continue but I’ve had to make this decision without any races.

“It’s not the best way to stop because the situation is that maybe we don’t race in 2020. So it’s fairer for me to do another championship and stop at the end of the next, so I hope to continue in 2021.”

In any case, Valentino Rossi will not have a seat in the factory team in 2021, as Fabio Quartararo will take his place.

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