It didn’t take long after Valentino Rossi’s highside for the speculation to begin as to whom will replace the Italian rider at Fiat-Yamaha, but as MotoMatters is reporting, the MotoGP team is in no rush to replace Rossi on their roster. For the next two races, Fiat-Yamaha will campaign only one bike on the MotoGP grid, leaving Rossi’s bike untouched as a sign of respect to the Champion rider.

With Rossi possibly out for six races, Fiat-Yamaha will have to replace the Italian rider at some point in the interim according to MotoGP regulations. This leaves a bevy of possibilities for Rossi’s replacement, our personal favorite being the now jobless Garry McCoy.

The more likely scenario according to the well connected David Emmett at MotoMatters is that a Yamaha factory test rider will ride the bike, in an effort to help develop the YZR-M1 further and help Jorge Lorenzo secure the 2010 MotoGP Championship.

Hold on race fans, silly season just got a whole new meaning. Who do you think should take Rossi’s spot on Fiat-Yamaha?

Source: MotoMatters