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Morebikes told you first about the MotoGP rumours that Dani Pedrosa was in line to join Valentino Rossi in the Yamaha squad next year – and Rossi himself has been talking about the subject.

But while the rest of the MotoGP hangers on might be whipping up the story, the truth of the matter is that Rossi has said that he’s not bothered who ends up on the bike.

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Speaking before the weekend’s round at Le Mans, the nine-times world champion said: “I think that for the second rider, [Yamaha title sponsor] Movistar wants a Spanish rider and Vinales or Pedrosa are the most possible [options],” the Italian said.

“I don’t know the percentage, one more than the other, you have to speak with Yamaha. But for me, it’s the same.

“[They are] two very different riders; Pedrosa very, very strong, very fast, already demonstrated his great potential, but a little bit older.

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“Vinales, a great talent, already demonstrated but in MotoGP not a lot of experience.

“But a lot younger, so it’s a little bit different.

“For me, essentially, it’s no difference. I have a great relationship with Pedrosa and with Vinales.”

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Tony Carter

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