Fiat Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, whose pit garages are already separated by a wall, will no longer directly share data during a grand prix weekend.
The change first came to light during a press release Q&A with Rossi's team manager Davide Brivio, released by Yamaha on Thursday to coincide with the official Fiat Yamaha team launch during the Sepang test.
“In 2010 we will have small changes [in terms of information sharing between Rossi and Lorenzo], compared to 2009,” Brivio said.
“In consideration of the fact that the two riders are the main rivals for the championship, we have decided to respect this competition internally and to respect their own ways to race and to approach the competition, so during the weekend the two teams will be much more independent and the challenge will be closer.
“Not much information can be exchanged between the two teams.
“At YMC level, back at the office, the engineers can compare the data and the information, but the two teams inside the garage can work more independently from a technical point of view.”
Later on Thursday evening, during a Yamaha press conference, Crash.net
asked Fiat Yamaha team director Masahiko Nakajima - who oversees both sides of the factory Yamaha garage - about the change.
“Yes,” Nakajima replied. “So each team [Rossi and Lorenzo] has their own data. You can't see the other team's data. Only Yamaha engineers can see all the data and then feed it back to both riders.”
Rossi and Lorenzo, first and second in the 2009 world championship, then took to the stage and were asked about the increased secrecy - and who had suggested it.
“I think that Jorge - already in 2008 but especially last year - demonstrated great speed and also a good attitude to fix and set-up the bike,” replied Rossi. “Now Jorge has two years in MotoGP so everybody in the team are agreed that it is possible to make his own way.