ROSSI AND LORENZO BURY THE HATCHET

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While their re­la­tion­ship as team-mates has been ac­ri­mo­nious at best over the past few years, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo took the time on Sun­day evening to make some­thing of a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Speak­ing to MCN after the race, Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis says that the move, which came about nat­u­rally in the garage, was nice to wit­ness after a hard time man­ag­ing the pair over the years.

“We cel­e­brated at the end of the day and had a team af­fair in the garage. Jorge won the race, and we cel­e­brated that, his de­par­ture, and win­ning the team prize, which they both par­tic­i­pated in win­ning.

“There was a very nice moment in the garage where they were to­gether, not staged at all but just nat­u­rally. We were putting to­gether a photo, and the two of them came to­gether, chat­ted with each other, laughed with each other, and shook hands.”

But while they might have buried the hatchet on Sun­day evening, the man who has dealt with the pair and the en­sur­ing ten­sion for the past decade says it’s un­likely to mark a com­plete trans­for­ma­tion in their re­la­tion­ship go­ing for­ward.

“Not be­ing team­mates next year won’t im­prove their re­la­tion­ship too much, ei­ther,” said Jarvis. “They’re both in­tensely com­pet­i­tive rid­ers, their his­tory is what gives them their stance, and that his­tory re­mains the same re­gard­less of red or blue. They re­spect each other, but re­spect is not the same as friend­ship.”

Lorenzo and Rossi. To­gether. Look­ing happy. Make a note in your diary.

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