Valentino Rossi says he understands why Maverick Vinales is mulling over staying put at Suzuki next season rather than joining him at the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team.
With Jorge Lorenzo leaving Yamaha to join Ducati in 2017 means that his place will need to be filled with another competent rider.
Vinales and Honda’s Dani Pedrosa are candidates that are being touted as possible replacements for Lorenzo.
The 21-year-old Vinales has been mulling over whether to stay at Suzuki for some time especially after improved performances all season, including a first podium last time out at Le Mans.
— Maverick Viñales (@maverickmack25) May 8, 2016
Rossi said in an interview that he understands why Vinales is interested in staying at Suzuki, where he started his racing off, similar to 1993 500cc world champion Kevin Schwantz who stayed with Suzuki his whole career.
“It’s interesting for Maverick,” Rossi said.
“Suzuki is something more romantic, become like Kevin Schwantz, and try to remain with Suzuki.
“The bike has a good potential, but it’s more difficult.
“Yamaha is stronger and is for sure a great bike, so it’s another type of a challenge,” he added.