Lorenzo relishing renewed Rossi partnership

Monday, 13 August 2012

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo has stated that Valentino Rossi’s return to the team for the 2013 will give him extra motivation and that he is relishing having the Italian as a teammate once more.

In an interview at fellow MotoGP™ rider Colin Edwards’ Boot Camp ahead of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Lorenzo dismissed concerns about the two riders’ previously frosty relationship, and feels that the move could benefit both riders and the team.

He said: "We are both winning riders and neither wants to lose. I think our relationship has got better, though maybe it's got better because we were in different teams. It's good news for Yamaha because we achieved a lot of good results together. It's a big motivation to have him back because I always like to have the best riders in my garage. Valentino is one of them. I assume trying to beat me will be a big motivation for him. For Yamaha, it will be a good thing, that's the most important thing."

Lorenzo also stated he does not believe Rossi’s abilities have dwindled, and expects a strong challenge from his once biggest rival. "Someone who has talent normally keeps it and doesn't lose it like this in two years. He is still young enough. He is 33; he has won a lot of races. With the Yamaha a better bike this year, it will be easier for him. It's true that us younger riders are getting stronger, more experienced and more consistent, but we have to remember that Valentino has won a lot of races. We have to respect that and keep it in mind."

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