Yamaha motor racing managing director, Lin Jarvis, believes that a strong showing by all four Yamaha riders at the first Sepang test signals another competitive year for the M1 – and means there is little chance of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo 'arguing' over bike development.
Reigning seven time MotoGP champion Rossi has steered the YZR-M1 project since his 2004 debut, but 2009 runner-up Lorenzo has been promised a bigger input in bike development this year to help support his own title aspirations.
As such, Crash.net
asked Jarvis what will happen if Rossi and Lorenzo wanted to take development of the M1 in two different directions.
“All four bikes are pretty much identical at the moment and at the end of the first test of the year we've had Valentino in first, Jorge in third, Ben in fifth and Colin in seventh,” replied Jarvis, speaking before news of Lorenzo's hand injury in a motocross fall.
“That means the new bike is ok. That it is already 'set' and working well for four different riders with four different styles.
“So personally I expect that the requests for developments will be small deviations or nuances. I don't think anybody will request to totally re-engineer anything radical with the bike. So I'm not worried in that respect,” Jarvis concluded.
Lorenzo will miss the second Sepang test, which starts for MotoGP race riders tomorrow (Thursday), as a result of his hand injury.
The Spaniard could also be ruled out of the final pre-season test, at Qatar in mid-March.