‘WE’VE AS­SEM­BLED A DREAM TEAM’

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Yamaha Rac­ing boss Lin Jarvis says that the ad­di­tion of the youth of Mav­er­ick Viñales to the ex­pe­ri­ence of Valentino Rossi for the 2017 and 2018 sea­sons mean that the he now has his dream team.

“This com­ing sea­son has the po­ten­tial to be very ex­cit­ing. Mo­togp is at a very high level and hav­ing six man­u­fac­tur­ers present is ex­cep­tional.

“From our own selfish per­spec­tive, we’ve got a re­ally su­per team with Valentino and Mav­er­ick. We have a liv­ing leg­end with an ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reer who’s been sec­ond the last two sea­sons and is su­per at­trac­tive for fans on one side of the garage, and the best pos­si­ble hun­gri­est young tal­ent on the other side.

“We don’t un­der­es­ti­mate our com­peti­tors; Jorge is go­ing to be quick and we know that Marc is the ref­er­ence point. It’s not go­ing to be easy, but with the two guys we’ve got it couldn’t be bet­ter. It’s go­ing to be ex­cit­ing, and ev­ery­one is itch­ing to go rac­ing!”

How­ever, de­spite hav­ing Viñales join­ing his team, Jarvis also told MCN re­plac­ing Lorenzo won’t be easy.

“If you lose a rider who’s brought you three world cham­pi­onships and who is still in­cred­i­bly fast, it’s some­thing to get over, and you have to fill pretty big shoes when you bring in a new rider. But Mav­er­ick com­ing into the team re­minds me of when Jorge first joined – and he spent nine years with us and won us three cham­pi­onships and 44 wins. Mav­er­ick is just start­ing, he’s only 22, and there’s no rea­son why he couldn’t have a nine-year run with us as well.”

‘It’s go­ing to be ex­cit­ing, and ev­ery­one is itch­ing to go rac­ing!’

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