Lin Jarvis: Hard to Deal with Rossi and Lorenzo, but I Made It

Lin Jarvis and Florin Tibu at EICMA 2015, visiting the Ducati booht 1 photo
Photo: Florin Profir
The relationship between the 2015 MotoGP Word Champion Jorge Lorenzo and his teammate Valentino Rossi reached an all-time cold at the end of the season. In case you believe these two guys were in trouble, please take your time and think about the mission Lin Jarvis has as the boss of the Yamaha MotoGP team...
Being caught between the hammer and the anvil doesn't even begin to describe Jarvis' situation. As the top-ranking guy in the team, he has to be one of the factors that bring everybody under the same umbrella, and make sure the big team works as it has to.

Still, with the enmity between Lorenzo and Rossi skyrocketing in the final acts of the championship that recently ended, being the boss of the entire mess is not exactly a coveted job.

But Lin Jarvis says he managed to sort things out and remain neutral, understanding that the (greater) good of the team surpasses how much the two pilots dislike each other.

"Being neither Spanish, nor Italian, but English helped me a lot"

Jarvis believes that three things helped him in making it successfully through the very difficult end of the season. First of all, he mentions that he was able to remain neutral in the Rossi-Lorenzo affair.

Being required to "take care" of the entire team, not taking sides was essential, and the fact that he is neither Italian nor Spanish made things a bit easier. Jarvis adds that this may sound like a joke, but it added credibility to his neutral position. "Italians are expected to take the side of an Italian rider, while Spaniards will support a Spanish rider. I have a lot of experience in this, both positive and negative. I tried to stay true to myself and not to panic, trying instead to find solution that take all into account," he adds.

"Enough with the controversy, I want to focus only on the sport"

Jarvis also says that he plans to set controversy aside and focus on the sport. Recently, Valentino Rossi dropped his case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport and declared that he would concentrate on keeping the pace up in 2016.

It is yet unknown whether Yamaha and/or Lin Jarvis had anything to do with Rossi's decision, but the Englishman feels relieved with the legal war being over.

Both Yamaha riders have said that their focus is centered on improving their performance next year, so it looks like, at least in official matters, the hatchet is buried. Rossi and Lorenzo may have become great enemies but they still have to take part in official Yamaha events.

Introducing new bikes in markets is one of the main off-track aspects of their job as a Yamaha rider, and you know the drill in such moments. Everybody has to look happy, smile, and tell the world how cool Yamaha machines are. As calm as Jarvis sounds these days, we are so eager to see Rossi and Lorenzo taking it out to the track next year...
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