Jarvis: Lorenzo has best ever con­tract wait­ing

Spa­niard dom­i­nates on track, as war of words with Rossi kicks off again

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Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis has ad­mit­ted that Lorenzo has ‘his best ever’ con­tract wait­ing to sign, but for some rea­son is yet to put pen to pa­per. Lorenzo’s re­luc­tance to sign has clearly come as a sur­prise to Yamaha, given that only a month ago Lorenzo ad­mit­ted that his plan was to ex­tend his deal with the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer for a 10th year in 2017.

Now be­lieved to have an of­fer on the ta­ble from Du­cati as well as Yamaha, Lorenzo’s fu­ture ap­pears less cer­tain.


the first cor­ner he was on the line. The prob­lem is I say Ôwhy?õ and I ex­pect Ôsorry!õ Ð but he looked at me as if to say Ôwhat the f**k do you want?õó

Not happy with the re­sponse from Lorenzo, Rossi stopped along­side Lorenzo at the end of the ses­sion; clearly want­ing to con­tinue their con­ver­sa­tion Ð but a lewd hand ges­ture from Lorenzo quickly ended the ex­change.

In the post qual­i­fy­ing press con­fer­ence, Lorenzo, when asked about Ros­siõs new Yamaha deal, im­plied that the Ital­ian had no other op­tions avail­able to him, say­ing: ÒI think he did the right thing to re­new, be­cause he did not have too many more op­tions other than Yamaha.ó

Later that night, and clearly fired up by Loren­zoõs ear­lier com­ments, Rossi hit back in his typ­i­cal style with his own thoughts on Loren­zoõs ru­moured move to Du­cati. Rossi said: ÒTO go to Du­cati, you need big balls Ð so I think we will see Lorenzo at Yamaha next year.ó

But ul­ti­mately it was Lorenzo who got the last laugh by com­pre­hen­sively beat­ing Rossi in the 22-lap race. But in­stead of putting the boot in fur­ther, and per­haps wary of Mo­tog­põs new rules about bring­ing the sport into dis­re­pute, Lorenzo said noth­ing, sim­ply mim­ing zip­ping his mouth closed on the cool down lap, win­ners en­clo­sure and podium. When asked later about the ges­ture he said: Òsome­times one im­age is bet­ter than a thou­sand words!ó

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