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Lorenzo “unimagined” Rossi’s SRTMotoGP move – Motorsports

After combining the 15 seasons from 2004 to 2010 and 2013 to 2020, Rossi left Yamaha’s factory outfit at the end of last season after losing his seat at Fabio Quartararo in 2021.

Yamaha offered Rossi a new factory team contract in early 2020, but Quartararo when the Italians insisted on assessing his performance in the opening round of the campaign before deciding to continue his career. Moved to sign.

At that time, Ducati was considered very enthusiastic about ensuring the services of both Quartararo and Maverick Viñales after 2020.

Rossi will continue to be a factory-back rider in 2021, but will return to the satellite team for the first time in the Works-supported Nastro Azzurro Honda team since the 2001 premier-class title-winning season.

Former teammate Lorenzo has spoken to Sky Italy and admitted that he was “surprised” by Yamaha’s decision to drive Rossi out of the factory, but I don’t think the situation in Italy will change significantly.

“I was surprised at Yamaha’s decision to put Rossi on a satellite team like Petronas. [SRT]I never imagined it. ” Lorenzo, who retired from MotoGP at the end of 2019, said.

“But at the same time, I don’t think it will change much for him. He will do it well.

“With Quartararo [Franco] Morbidelli and bikes are competitive and Yamaha must ultimately act like everyone else. Look to the future.

“When I started with them in 2008, they had to find Plan B in case Valentino left, and they chose a young rider like me.

“The future is coming to the youngest. It’s logical to choose Quartararo.”

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Lorenzo signed a contract with Yamaha in 2006 to win the first of the two 250cc crowns. This is a move triggered by Davide Bribio, the new racing director of Alpine F1 and then Yamaha team manager.

Lorenzo’s 2021 plans are unknown at this time after he lost the role of Yamaha’s test rider to Cal Crutchlow.

The Spaniards talked with Aprilia to become a test rider in 2021, but the trail has been quiet since winter.

However, Lorenzo has not denied the possibility of becoming a rider manager. “It’s less stressful than racing in MotoGP, but there are still many ideas for an exciting future,” he added.

“For example, one possible way is to be a television commentator. I don’t rule out the option of taking advantage of my experience with a young rider by becoming his manager.”

– Motorsports

Lorenzo “unimagined” Rossi’s SRTMotoGP move

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