Seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi is set to earn double his team-mate Maverick Vinales in 2018, but the 38-year-old is still not the best paid rider in this year’s field.
TSM Sportz have gathered together figures ranking the class of 2018’s yearly pay checks, throwing up some surprising results.
Data has been collated from various sources including outlets such as Forbes and the BBC, although some annual wages have been estimated while other salaries may not be accurate due to various qualifying and finishing bonuses.
Regardless of this, there are some pretty huge numbers being raked in by the stars at the top of the sport if these figures are to be believed…
Take a look through the gallery above to find out which MotoGP stars are on the highest-paying contracts this season.