Jarvis: Lorenzo has best ever contract waiting
Spaniard dominates on track, as war of words with Rossi kicks off again
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