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Yamaha Racing boss Jarvis discusses split pit-box

Yamaha Racing boss Jarvis discusses split pit-box

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing, has revealed to motogp.com the complexities of overseeing a partitioned pit-box in the Fiat Yamaha team, following Valentino Rossi's move to Bridgestone tyres for 2008.

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing, has revealed to motogp.com the complexities of overseeing a partitioned pit-box in the Fiat Yamaha team, following Valentino Rossi's move to Bridgestone tyres for 2008.

With the Italian five-time premier class World Champion now on Japanese rubber and the current 250cc title holder Jorge Lorenzo coming into MotoGP on a bike with compounds supplied by existing Yamaha partner Michelin, the confidentiality of the two tyre manufacturers is maintained by completely separating their technical teams.

The overall management of the team remains totally unified, however, though the situation provides unique challenges for Englishman Jarvis and his staff.

"This is our first time out to have the split box," explained the Yamaha boss. "Of course as team management it's not ideal, because it creates certain complications for us and we're really getting used to it. This is the first time and we're seeing how it works in reality and in practice."

"It is essential to have for this for both tyre manufacturers," he continued, "for both Michelin and Bridgestone. It's a very clear condition from them that we have to respect complete confidentiality for all the technical data for the tyres, so in order to do that we are obliged to split the box."

"But, what's important is that we'll still be operating as one team. We just have to find the solution in the sporting environment but we will be otherwise as one team."

With regard to the launch schedule for the new 2008 Yamaha M1 Jarvis stated: "In Jerez we have tested with a standard bike and Valentino's target has been to test the new Bridgestone tyres. Our first test is in the new year at Sepang in January and that's when we'll roll out the new bike. We will be assembling the new bike one week before that in Japan."

Jarvis also went on to talk in further depth about Rossi's positive initial findings with his new Bridgestone tyres and assessed Lorenzo's good early work as he prepares for his MotoGP debut in 2008.

To see the full Jarvis interview, exclusive to motogp.com, follow the video link on the left.

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MotoGP, 2007

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