Yamaha Motor Racing Manager Director Lin Jarvis considers Rossi’s decision to join the Petronas SRT Satellite Team as the right one. According to him, this will make the burden felt by The Doctor lighter than before.
As is known, Valentino Rossi and the Monster Energy Yamaha Team have officially separated at the end of the 2020 season campaign, where the position he has left will be taken over by Fabio Quartararo.
Meanwhile, the vacant position in the Petronas Team left by Quartararo will instead be taken over by Valentino Rossi from next season.
According to Lin Jarvis, the Italian Rider’s separation from the Monster Energy Yamaha Team is the same as the separation between other riders and their respective factory teams.
It’s just that, what distinguishes perhaps is that the burden that Rossi will bear will be lighter with the Petronas team than when he was still defending the factory team. But it all also depends on The Doctor’s motivation.
“The farewell to Vale is actually normal. On a sporting level, this separation will not have any effect, but there will indeed be a change in the dynamics within the Yamaha group,”
“Even so, I think Vale will feel ‘light’ working in the satellite team. There are only a few new devices to try, so he can focus on the race. But it all really depends on his motivation and performance at the start of the season,” said Jarvis as quoted by Corsedimoto
Even though in the end he joined the Satellite Team, Rossi still had the right to get the latest factory spec YZR-M1 motorbike, as used by Maverick Vinales and Quartararo in the Monster Energy team.
“We have to give a competitive bike in all conditions to Fabio and Maverick. Fabio also admits he has to control his emotions. Maverick also knows he often has a mentality that goes up and down, and we have to keep him in the comfort zone,” concluded Jarvis.
Meanwhile, on the Petronas Yamaha SRT Team starting the next 2021 season, Rossi will team up with one of his protégés at the VR46 Academy, Franco Morbidelli. The difference is, Morbidelli himself prefers to use the YZR-M1 with the 2019 spec.