Rossi says in no hurry to retire from MotoGP

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Sepang (Malaysia) (AFP)

Italian MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi said Sunday he was in no hurry to retire amid speculation the veteran might quit the sport after several lean years.

The seven-time MotoGP champion was previously expected to decide his future mid-year, after being replaced at Yamaha by Frenchman Fabio Quartararo for the 2021 season.

But after setting the fifth fastest lap time Sunday from a pool of 26 riders at the pre-season test in Malaysia, Rossi appeared to be in good spirits about the subject.

"The situation now looks like I have a bit more time... I’m not in a hurry," he told reporters when asked if he would make a decision in July or August.

Rossi, who turns 41 later this month, clocked his fastest lap time at 1min 58.541sec on the 5.5km-long track on the Sepang test circuit.

He also told reporters that he wanted to see how the first half of the MotoGP season went this year.

"The most important thing are the results," he said.

"I want to try to continue, but I will (only) continue if I am competitive."

The MotoGP will see another test session in Qatar starting on Feb 22, with the season to begin on March 8.