Speaking at a press conference before the bwin Grand Prix Ceské Republiky, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis spoke about Rossi’s role he will play in the team next year and on the possibility of his current team joining him.
Jarvis confirmed that once Rossi is back with the team from the 2013 season, both him and Jorge Lorenzo will get equal treatment and support, however the development lead will go to Lorenzo with Rossi in a supporting role. This is down to the fact that Yamaha still views Lorenzo as their most capable rider to win the championship. Jarvis did however heap praise on the Italian and believes his move back is positive all round: "He did great things for Yamaha and can still bring a lot to the team but also to the sport in general."
It is yet to be seen whether Rossi will be able to bring his crew chief Jeremy Burgess and the rest of his team with him to the Japanese outfit, yet Jarvis dis say that the possibility exists. And to put any rumours about the Italian’s move back to Yamaha full to bed, the MD confirmed that is was Rossi who first approached them.
Watch the full video of the press conference at motogp.com.