After spending 15 seasons together, Rossi’s time with the Factory Yamaha team ended at the end of the 2020 campaign, and the nine-time World Champion remained a factory contract rider with Petronas and current spec machines next year. ..
Jarvis admits Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales to lead part of the development on the Fabio team, but Rossi’s “move next” moves his role from his previous role at Yamaha. I don’t think it will change much.
“He spent 15 seasons with the Yamaha factory team, which is great,” Jarvis said of his time with Rossi’s Yamaha.
“He did it with two stints in the first seven years [from 2004-2010] Before he takes a two-year break [to join Ducati from 2011-2012] And eight years he came back [in 2013]..
“So it will be a change. There is no doubt that moving to the next is different in itself. But on the other hand, Valentino will receive full factory support next year, so there is no difference.
“He will ride a factory bike with the same specs as the factory rider. It’s true that part of the development is led by the factory team, but Valentino is a very important part of data collection.
“It’s important to have more riders on the track. There is no doubt that our engineers will look at the data from Fabio, Maverick and Valentino to develop and advance our factory bikes.
“But also the presence of Frankie provides some interesting information. [Morbidelli] there [on the older bike]..
“So it’s not a big change, it won’t be in the red in any case, and I don’t think the bike development method will change that much.”
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