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My tinfoil hat wearing other half tells me that at least part of why Ben was given the crap treatment at Yamaha was because he didn’t bring a lot of sponsor money to the party aside from the drive by Yamaha US. Yamaha had been bearing the entire financial burden of running the team for the years after Rossi and all his backing left the team. (Likely the same pill Ducati is now swallowing) Perhaps Yamaha decided that it was in their best interest financially to bring the Golden Calf back to their team just to balance the books. Whatever the reason, I highly doubt you will see any of those same shenanigans Ben faced with Rossi there. If Rossi’s Engine blows up while running in second place at say Mugello this season his fans alone would have Jarvis’ head on a pike! Good fortune to you in your new venture Ben!

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