UC­CIO SAYS: ‘The at­mos­phere in the team is fan­tas­tic now’

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Rossi’s close friend and ad­vi­sor Uc­cio Salucci has seen the mood in the Yamaha garage trans­form since Jorge Lorenzo left and reck­ons Rossi has a sea­son be­fore his new team-mate starts beat­ing him reg­u­larly.

Uc­cio en­thused: “The at­mos­phere is fan­tas­tic now that Lorenzo is gone and Viñales has ar­rived. He’s very fast and very young, but the at­mos­phere is great. The bike needs to im­prove a little, but there’s big po­ten­tial there.

“We’ll see how it changes Vale, be­cause Lorenzo was very strong and had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence. Mav­er­ick maybe needs a year to learn, I hope. He’s very fast over one lap, but we’ll see how he does dur­ing the race. He’s 15 years younger than Vale; maybe that’s too big a chal­lenge!”

“We’re 37 years old, and for sure we need to stop in the next two years – but with Valentino you never know. It de­pends if he’s still fast or not, but if he con­tin­ues like this sea­son why should he stop? If he needs to stop now, then there are an­other 22 rid­ers who were be­hind him who also need to stop rac­ing!”

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