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Meregalli praises Yamaha rider pairing

The former World Superbike racer and team manager describes Lorenzo and Spies as the ideal pairing for his first season in charge.
Massimo Meregalli says he is enjoying his new role as team director in the Yamaha MotoGP team, describing the atmosphere in the restructured team as 'great'.

The former racer assumed the role of team manager in the wake of the restructure prompted by Valentino Rossi's defection to Ducati, Meregalli stepping up from managing the World Superbike team that took Ben Spies to title glory in 2009.

With Spies joining reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo in the team this season, Meregalli believes he has been given the ideal rider pairing for his own 'rookie' year.

“This is the best thing that could happen to me, to work with them is a pleasure,” he said. “The atmosphere of the team is great. I can't say anything bad about either of them because it's working very well.

“I'm still getting to know Jorge personally but I get the impression he is a really good kid, very professional and very fast. I know Ben a lot better so I can judge him more.

“I have to say in the last two years he has grown a lot, already in 2009 he was very focused but I see him now in even better shape, calm and sure about himself and very dedicated to achieving his goals.”




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shamarone - Unregistered

March 28, 2011 2:51 PM

re: "Sorry for my english, I´m from Czech Rep" no apologies needed. so long as you're a supporter of racing...? nationality is irrelevant. you speak the language of motorbikes, you need nothing more. :) brother, welcome to the fold.

RawDawg

March 28, 2011 7:39 PM

@Rudi I don't say anything about Bayliss or Edwards. My point was clearly made with that statement. Spies thoroughly outclassed the current crop of the last 2 250cc champions and 250cc front runners. There is no arguing that he was not only the class of the rookie field but all satellite riders. I'm not sure what media hype you are talking about but there is a lot of talk of riders from production background not cutting it. What short memories because there have been production based riders winning GP titles since the Yanks and Aussie starting coming over 30 years ago. But now all of a sudden they can't cut it. As long as a rider has the talent, has the opportunity, and gets in at the right time they will make it. All of those factors play a part.



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