ROSSI READY FOR THE LEAVING DO!
Valentino Rossi waded into the intense speculation about his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo’s future at the opening round of the championship, telling media that there would be no chance of Lorenzo leaving Yamaha – because that decision would take ‘big balls!’
But with Rossi’s well-known love of peer-to-peer mind games, it could well be that the Italian’s moves are nothing more than a reversepsychology ploy to ensure Lorenzo does leave, therefore cementing his own future within the Japanese manufacturer.
Rossi revealed that he’s signed another two-year deal with Yamaha in Qatar meaning he will stay with the team until the end of 2018. Yamaha would no doubt look to replace Lorenzo with a younger talent, a move that would firmly give Rossi back his status as number one rider within the squad.
Rossi has been quick to express his displeasure at the current arrangement within Yamaha, saying that he believed the team’s focus at the end of the 2015 season on not one but two title contenders within its ranks was a key factor in delaying the development of the new 2016 M1 machine.
There’s also the Italian’s own personal relationship with Lorenzo, which has ranged from frosty to positively arctic. So it could very well be a perfect opportunity to rid himself of his team-mate for his final two years in Motogp.
‘ To sign for Ducati you need big balls, so I think Lorenzo will stay at Yamaha’