MotoGP, Valentino Rossi – Lin Jarvis: a non-consensual divorce?

Valentino Rossi and Lin Jarvis

Diego Lacave just published on a striking in-depth analysis. According to the Spanish journalist, Valentino Rossi is making the Iwata bosses’ lives really hard, pushing them to make a difficult choice. The #46 is one of the best trackers of the GP’s ace Marc Marquez and it looks like he is using his talent to claim the overall strategy. Not only regarding the M1 developments, but also concerning the Sports Direction. The Doctor is taking advantage of all chances to lay claims to whatever he deems necessary. All fingers seem to point at Lin Jarvis as the main responsible for this problem.

LEAKS – According to Lacave, Rossi considers the manager of the official team the main responsible for all the troubles the team had after Jorge Lorenzo left. The journalist added that the creation of the Team SIC-Petronas was an operation to studied to save Lin Jarvis more than Lorenzo. Anyway, the British manager’s time in Yamaha is running out, but who could take his place? There’s one name that the most “Italian” among all Japanese firms seems to favor: William Faver. defines him as “The spearhead of the Tavullia clan’s power on the Circuits”. Literally. The communication manager of the Team Movistar-Yamaha in Germany is nowhere to be seen.

STRATEGY –  His absence seems significant: during the weekend when they announced the change of the team’s title sponsor, the communication manager, responsible for all relations with the media, didn’t even show up. Certainly, Rossi’s and Viñales’ rebukes to Yamaha didn’t go unnoticed, as we saw in Sachsenring. “ Valentino Rossi – writes Lacave – has a clear roadmap in mind. Carmelo Ezpeleta gave up the two places on the starting grid reserved to Marc VDS, just to give them to the future VR46 Team, coming in 2021 together with some satellite Yamahas”. The thesis is fascinating: according to them, Monster would have signed a two-year contract in order to allow Petronas to move to the “factory” team when the 9-times World Champion will retire, this way leaving the “soda-sponsor” as the sole investor on the VR46 team. All this, leaving Lin Jarvis behind. Apparently, Rossi doesn’t want to work with him any longer and it seems that he is already trying to push for an early retirement.

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