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Lin Jarvis talks about Rossi´s crucial role at Yamaha

Lin Jarvis talks about Rossi´s crucial role at Yamaha

Lin Jarvis talks about Rossi´s crucial role at Yamaha

Yamaha received a massive boost over the summer break when reigning MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi agreed a deal to ride the YZR-M1 for another season. Yamaha Motor Racing Director, Lin Jarvis, has now explained the pivotal role Rossi has played in the factory's resurgence and the Japanese constructor's future plans.

`Obviously to have Valentino riding for us again in 2006 is fantastic news. We've had, I can say, nearly two great years with him. Last year was fantastic and this year is going superbly, so why change a winning team? That's why we are very happy to have been able to sign Valentino up for one more year.'

However, although Jarvis has been able to confirm that both Rossi and his current team-mate Colin Edwards are staying on, he could not elaborate further on the overall composition of the Yamaha team for next season. `We are busy now, we are pretty busy trying to put a package together. I hope by Motegi, or just after Motegi, we can tell you a lot more. The only thing I can definitely 100% confirm is that both Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards will definitely be with Yamaha next year. That is set in stone, but how the whole package turns out and who the other riders will be needs a little more time.' Jarvis was also quick to point out the huge contribution that Rossi has made to Yamaha, but also made a point of highlighting the support and work the factory have done to support the current World Champion.

`Valentino's arrival at Yamaha has been a pivotal moment for us - it's been a turning point and we really invested a lot of money when he came. I think it was a big risk when Yamaha took the decision. It was a bold move from Valentino and a bold move from Yamaha. It needed total commitment to make it work. He's giving it, I think we've shown we have given it and it's been great.'

MotoGP, 2005, Valentino Rossi

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