Yamaha MotoGP bosses have said there will be no return of the garage wall and that there is no rift between World champion Jorge Lorenzo and runner-up Valentino Rossi.
The pair enjoyed a fractious end to the season in 2015 after Rossi’s campaign unravelled following his sensational press conference in Sepang where he accused Marquez of wanting Lorenzo to win the title. Rossi was leading the championship at the time, but the consequences of his outburst live on – Rossi forced Marquez off track during the race, the Spaniard crashed out and the Italian was forced to start the final race from the back of the grid, thus thwarting his bid for a tenth world title.
Despite this acrimony between the riders, which was compounded by Lorenzo’s public condemnation of Rossi, both demonstrably on the podium, and verbally in various press conferences, Yamaha’s Team Director, Massimo Meregalli has said he expects there to be no ill feeling between the duo over the coming season.
He said: “I don’t see that it will be difficult dealing with the two riders together, no different than last year or the year before. I was prepared to have some troubles when Vale came back to the team in 2013, but it never happened and I don’t expect it to happen next year or in the future.”
Yamaha Motor Racing’s Managing Director, Lin Jarvis, agreed that the team remained as one and that last season’s fight for supremacy between its star rider would have no effects on the upcoming assault for honours.
He said: “There’s no reason to put a wall in the garage. One of our strengths is the fact that the team works really well together. We realise that the riders are individually competitors of each other but the team, the mechanics, the crew chiefs and engineers all work really well together and if we put a barrier or wall in the garage it will be to the deficit of the team, both riders and the engineers.”