Originally Posted by azkiwi
Athletes are in a crossover zone between 'normal' highly paid people and entertainers. The lawyer, executive or hedge funder needs the massive payout for bragging rights among his peers, but the entertainer wants to be famous. Those craving fame wake up everyday thinking about how they can be more famous, not just richer (see Paris Hilton).
Rossi already has the money (and peer respect) so he is working on his legacy. That's why he went to Ducati in the first place - right?
If Yamaha offered him the #1 rider position, he would do it for free.
I was told by someone on Lorenzo's side of the garage that Yamaha aren't paying Rossi at all. Dorna is paying his wage.