Jarvis on Lorenzo and Rossi's 2013 so far

Jarvis review first part of the season
Monday, 29 July 2013

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis spoke to motogp.com before the summer break, to give his overview on the season so far for Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

The factory boss is happy with the performance of both riders, although Lorenzo has clearly been hindered by his recent collarbone injury, whilst Rossi has returned to form after an early season dip in fortunes.

"Jorge won the opening race so that set the tone," Jarvis begins. "Our bike is pretty good this year. At the end of last year we struggled against the Hondas and it is still incredibly competitive. Some tracks favour our bike, some tracks favour their bike.”

“Jorge has won three races. He was on a role and looking strong. I still believe he’s the most complete rider out there at the moment. But he’s had the collarbone injury twice, so that has really set him back. From Yamaha’s side, full credit to him for coming back so quickly.

"In terms of his pure performance, I would say we’re extremely happy. In terms of effort, we could not ask for more, but it’s not easy now; Marc (Marquez) is looking quick, Dani (Pedrosa) is having some problems. It is going to be a long and hard season.”

Regarding Rossi’s return to his beloved YZR-M1, Jarvis enthused, “It’s great to have Valentino back with us this year. I think for everyone in the MotoGP community, for the fans, to see him back on a competitive bike is great. We saw at the opening round how he started the season brilliantly in Qatar, coming from further down the field and pushing to finally get that second place.

“Then we had a bit of a dip, Valentino lost confidence on the bike on some tracks and he struggled on braking and corner entry, which are normally his strongest points. Then we had a key test at Aragon where we found a change to the bike which gave him confidence.”

Describing Rossi’s recent string of three podiums, Jarvis added, “We’ve seen him revitalized. He raced at Assen and took his win - his first win for two and a half years. It was fabulous for him and fabulous for the sport. I just remember that incredible reaction of the crowd to see him win again. He is competitive again, so we’re on track, we’re on schedule. He’s enjoying it and having fun.”

Halfway through the season, Lorenzo sits third in the Riders' Championship with Rossi now up to fourth. In the Constructors' standings, Yamaha has dropped back behind Honda but is only 13 points in arrears, while Yamaha Factory Racing is second to Repsol Honda Team for Teams' honours.

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