Although Valentino Rossi decided in May that he would stay in MotoGP and not go to Formula 1, that did not end the speculation on his future. His new contract with Yamaha being only for 2007, the speculation shifted on to how long The Doctor would stay in MotoGP instead.
This speculation has only been made worse by Rossi choosing to take part in the World Rally Championship Rally of New Zealand, which finished on Sunday, instead of attending the testing sessions at Sepang, and helping to develop Yamaha's new, and as yet unnamed, 800. But in response to questions about whether he was now considering moving to WRC after MotoGP, Rossi put an end to this speculation by answering: "I love Rallying, but I think I'll stay in MotoGP for two or three more years, then we'll see what happens. Anything is possible, and this (WRC) world really appeals to me, but I still have a strong passion for motorcycles inside." Finishing 11th in the overall standings is exactly where Rossi had hoped to finish, proving that he is capable of contending, but still has a way to go before he is truly competitive. This makes his two to three year MotoGP future a highly credible scenario, allowing him time to equal Giacomo Agostini's record of 8 world championships (Rossi has 5), to beat Agostini's record of 68 senior class wins (Rossi has 58), and beat Angel Nieto's 2nd highest number of 90 all classes wins (Rossi has 84). It would also make it theoretically possible for Rossi to Agostini's record of 123 all classes wins, but, if Rossi remains in MotoGP for 3 years, and rides 17 or 18 races each year, he would need to win around 75% of them, or 13 races a season, beating Mick Doohan's record of 12 wins in a season 3 years in a row. Even getting close will be quite a feat.
What Rossi's excursion into the wonderful world of WRC does prove, however, is that Rallying is his most likely destination after he does, finally, hang up his leathers.