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Lorenzo: Yamaha showing Rossi respect

This weekend sees Jorge Lorenzo as the sole Fiat Yamaha representative for the British Grand Prix due to Valentino Rossi's broken leg.

There have been many rumours about who will get the temporary ride during the Italian's absence, but for Silverstone and Assen, there will be no replacement.

Current championship leader, Lorenzo believes that is the right call by his team.

“I think they are doing right as they are showing their respect to Vale,” he said. “He is in a bad situation at the moment and in a lot pain. It's a gesture from Yamaha to be respectful of him.

“However, the [contract] says we have to put another rider on the bike after two races and Yamaha will have to make their decision on who that will be. We don't know yet which rider will be my partner. In some weeks we will know.”

Colin Edwards, whom Lorenzo replaced in the factory team in 2008, is tipped to get the ride, but another new rider would then be needed to take the Texan's seat at Tech 3.

By Leandra Graves



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Dull - Unregistered

June 19, 2010 10:39 AM

'Colin Edwards, whom Lorenzo replaced in the factory team in 2008, is expected to get the ride' And what a safe, dull and pointless move that will be.

s - Unregistered

June 19, 2010 1:39 PM

If Yamaha really wish to re-sign Rossi, the best move they can make is to move Edwards up to FIAT. Along the lines of Lorenzo's comments, the idea is to have Rossi feel wanted and comfortable that the team would like to have him back and isn't looking to move on without him. Thus: Vale's pal, the non-threatening, near-retirement, universally acknowledged seat-warmer, Colin Edwards. When on forced medical leave from your job, the last thing you want to see is some young, up-and-coming hot shot "filling in" for you. You want the old, near retirement, no agenda guy holding your spot. Using Edwards sends the right message, just like leaving the ride open for the next 2 races does.



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