Jarvis: ‘ We’re not in crisis’
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