Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were on the road for the Yamaha team for a total of seven years. And during their time together from 2008 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2016, the two cultivated a bitter rivalry, the peaks of which still heat the minds of fans today. It was an exciting time for Lin Jarvis too.
In the 18th edition of the MotoGP podcast “Last On The Brakes”, the Yamaha race director tells MotoGP presenters Matt Dunn and Fran Wyld how to deal with two superstars like Rossi and Lorenzo: “Sensitivity, diplomacy and Effort », are his ingredients for the mutual success, which, he emphasizes, was remarkable.
«Of course that was very positive, but it was also pretty tough because every top athlete is focused on their own success and goals. And the last thing to deal with is the teammate’s goals and whether or not he will achieve them. So you have to take care of everyone as an individual and make sure that you treat them fairly – even if that doesn’t always mean that you do everything the same way », explains Jarvis.
The Briton clarifies that it is about the same philosophy. And he emphasizes: «But if one wants something different from the other, we make sure that we split up. But there are also other situations, because in this sport there are some big egos that you have to manage, those of the driver, the entourage and their expectations, which you can sometimes not meet. It’s pretty tricky, but I would always prefer to compete with two top pilots than with a number 1 and 2. It’s more exciting and a bigger challenge. »