Jarvis: ‘ We’re not in cri­sis’

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Yamaha team boss Lin Jarvis was quick to squash the calls for change af­ter his fac­tory team were out-per­formed by the satel­lite Tech 3 squad. The long-time Yamaha man stressed af­ter the race that they still be­lieve the so­lu­tion to the Jerez prob­lems lies within the set-up of the 2017-spec ma­chine and not in re­vert­ing to the 2016 bikes that Rossi took to a stun­ning win this time last year – be­fore hand­ing it on to the Tech 3 team.

Jarvis said: “The rider doesn’t de­sign the bike – he gives feed­back and the engi­neers de­sign a bike from that. One of the de­vel­op­ments this year is to give us bet­ter tyre life at the end of the race, and that may mean we might not be at the front in qual­i­fy­ing. If you asked Valentino to de­sign a bike, maybe it would be more like last year’s – but the engi­neers are try­ing to de­sign some­thing from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive, and he un­der­stands that.

“The engi­neers be­lieve our new bike has its own ben­e­fits, and to be frank it’s use­ful for us to have Zarco so fast, be­cause we can an­a­lyse his data. Racing is a mat­ter of com­pro­mises, and we have a lot of things to work on.

“You have to re­mem­ber that we won the first two races and Valentino scored three podi­ums, so I don’t think we’re in cri­sis. We had a very un­ex­pected re­sult in Jerez with a strange prob­lem.”

Jarvis was hardly all smiles but he in­sists there’s no big prob­lem

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