Saturday, February 06, 2010

Rossi vs Lorenzo: The rivalry builds…

Lorenzo will no longer benefit from Rossi's development work...

Reigning MotoGP world champ Valentino Rossi and his team mate Jorge Lorenzo will no longer share development data for their YZR-M1 bikes. ‘Considering the fact that these two riders are the main rivals for the MotoGP championship, we have decided to respect this competition internally and to respect their own ways to race and to approach the competition,’ said Davide Brivio, Rossi’s team manager.

‘At Yamaha, engineers can compare data and information, but the two teams inside the garage can work more independently from a technical point of view,’ said Brivio. ‘Each team has their own data. You can't see the other team's data. Only Yamaha engineers can see all the data and then feed it back to both riders,’ added Fiat Yamaha team director, Masahiko Nakajima.

‘I think that Jorge – already in 2008 but especially last year – demonstrated great speed and also a good attitude to fix and set-up the bike. Now he has two years in MotoGP so everybody in the team agreed that it is possible to make his own way,’ said Rossi. ‘I don't have anything to comment on this,’ said Lorenzo, implying that he may not be entirely happy with this development. Which is only to be expected - Jeremy Burgess had made it clear last year that it was Rossi who's entirely responsible for developing the race-winning Yamaha YZR-M1.

Things are different with the Tech3 Yamaha team in that Ben Spies and Colin Edwards will continue to share all data. But then neither of those riders is expected to be in the hunt for the 2010 MotoGP world championship. Rossi, of course, is taking things very seriously and has said he won’t be offering any advice or tips to friend and fellow Italian Marco Simoncelli, who comes to MotoGP this year with Gresini Honda. ‘When Marco signed for MotoGP, the tips are finished,’ said Rossi. ‘I have a good relationship with him and I've seen him growing up to be a world champion, but now he's a rival, like the others,’ added The Doctor.


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