After two unsuccessful years at Ducati, the Italian manufacturer confirmed earlier today Rossi would be leaving at the end of the current season.

Yamaha have quickly announced the 33 year-old will rejoin their garage to again partner 2010 champion and current title leader Jorge Lorenzo, signing a two-year deal. Interestingly the move flies in the face of remarks made by Yamaha team boss Lin Jarvis in January this year when he said Rossi and Lorenzo back in the same team was "not an option".

A statement from Ducati said: "As the MotoGP series awaits its return to action for the August 19 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Ducati announces that its working relationship with Valentino Rossi will conclude at the end of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.

It was hoped the Italian connection would bring success to Ducati when he moved on in 2010, but Rossi has failed to win a race and only stepped on to the podium twice in 27 grands prix.

Sounds pretty interesting stuff, let's hope he gets back to his winning form now!