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Yamaha hoping to keep present riders

The main aim for Yamaha Motor Racing managing director Lin Jarvis is to keep all four of the present YZR-M1 MotoGP riders - Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Colin Edwards and Ben Spies - for 2011, but he expects Honda to be 'aggressive' in its rider recruitment.

“The ideal scenario for me at the moment would be honestly speaking to retain all four,” said Jarvis, during an interview with David Emmett of “That would be the perfect scenario.”

Yamaha has gone from claiming just one podium during the 2003 season to winning four of the six MotoGP titles since 2004, when Rossi arrived from Honda, and finished one-two in last year's championship with Rossi and rising star Lorenzo.

Rossi (20 wins), Lorenzo (6 wins), Ducati's Casey Stoner (20 wins) and Honda's Dani Pedrosa (6 wins) have won all but three races since the 800cc era began in 2007, but have also remained remarkably loyal to the respective employers.

Rossi has been with Yamaha since 2004 and Lorenzo since his MotoGP debut in 2008. Stoner won the title during his first season with Ducati in 2007, while Pedrosa has been a Honda rider ever since the start of his grand prix career - and at Repsol Honda since his MotoGP debut in 2006.

But various tensions seem to be simmering under the surface for all four riders - all of whom are out of contract at the end of this year.

Whilst Jarvis wants to keep his existing line-up, he admits retaining both Rossi and Lorenzo in the factory team will be a challenging task, especially in the face of an 'aggressive' Honda, desperate to regain its former glory.

“In a way, our problem [with Lorenzo and Rossi] that we have now has been created by, I would like to say good planning, because nobody knew when Valentino may or may not stop,” Jarvis explained.

“And so we recruited Jorge early, in order to bring him on and bring him up to speed so that if eventually Vale decided to retire or go to cars or Formula One or rally or whatever, we would have a succession scenario.

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John Don Letoy - Unregistered

May 20, 2010 12:26 PM

Rossi going back to Honda? I personally don't think so, Well Jorge maybe, Honda might offers him the same or higher amount of money than Rossi's. Honda is good with that and makes Jorge virtually couldn't refuse the offers.


May 20, 2010 2:42 PM
Last Edited 223 days ago

Joeski To me it boils down to just how good Yamaha think Ben Spies WILL be. Both the current riders at Fiat Yamaha are proven winners but the question is will Spies have the same level of success as any of them on factory equipment? OK he wins the wsbk championship but still, the fact of the matter is this:NO WSBK CHAMPION HAS EVER WON A MOTOGP CHAMPIONSHIP.period. Spies is an amazing rider no doubt but surely for Yamaha the future lies in non other than jorge right? time to let rossi go hes done wonderfully well but if Yamaha wants to keep on raking in championships then Jorge will be the man. JUst my two cents people. dont hate me for it :p

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