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Jarvis recaps another fantastic season for Yamaha

Jarvis recaps another fantastic season for Yamaha

The MD at Yamaha Motor Racing reviews a successful 2010 for the factory team, one which as well as having plenty of highs was not without its difficult moments, and also looks towards next year.

Another season, another Triple Crown for the factory Yamaha team as it took the Rider, Team and Constructor Titles in 2010. Yamaha Motor Racing MD Lin Jarvis started a review of the campaign in the attached video interview by underlining the key to Jorge Lorenzo’s first premier class World Championship title.

“I think the consistency has been the main difference between this year and the past two. Since Jorge joined Yamaha he has had this incredible desire and ability to learn,” said Jarvis. “He makes mistakes as we all do, but we’ve seen him correct the majority of the ones he made in year one in his second year. Then the mistakes he was still making in year two he corrected in 2010. So the secret to his success has really been his experience on the bike, his incredible talent and speed, and of course no mistakes. That gave him so many race victories, so it’s been a fabulous year for him.”

For Valentino Rossi, Jarvis believes a season marked by injury has undoubtedly been the hardest in the Italian’s illustrious career to date. “His year started really well because he won in Qatar and the battle was very intense until Mugello. Then the crash happened and everything changed. Valentino’s entire year was turned upside down – he was already struggling before with his shoulder, then in Mugello he broke the leg and was out of the game for several races. Although his final result of third is not bad, I think it’s been the toughest year in his career.”

On a collective note the finest moment of the campaign for Jarvis was Round 15 in Malaysia, where Lorenzo sealed the title and Rossi took the race victory, his first after his injury. “The best moment for the team I think was Sepang because when you have two top guns they both want to win. You can never keep them happy because if one wins the other is upset, and vice versa, so always in the past three years we’ve had that balance. At Sepang it was different. Vale won the race, Jorge won the Championship and it was the first time in three years we had both sides of the garage happy. When they’re happy, I am!”

The combination of the duo has been unparalleled in recent years said Jarvis, who continued: “I would say it’s been the best team of recent years in MotoGP, for sure. In the last three years we have won everything and it’s not been easy. If you have two riders that good you face daily issues because each athlete wants the very best to win, and we had to split our time and attention. We want that though, we’re here to win and challenge, and I think the Lorenzo-Rossi team will go down as the strongest in history, and we managed to keep it together for three years.”

Whilst that partnership may have ended with the close of the 2010 campaign as Rossi moves on following seven years with Yamaha, it paves the way for an exciting new line-up with Ben Spies joining Lorenzo in 2011.

“We have a lot of optimism. We are in a moment of change, we have had seven great years with Vale but we have two excellent athletes for next year – the current World Champion and the 2010 Rookie of the Year – and it will be a very interesting year for MotoGP. We’ll surely be there, in my opinion right at the top level. I’m already looking forward to next season and the new challenge,” concluded Jarvis.

MotoGP, 2010, Fiat Yamaha Team

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