Lorenzo and Rossi hoping to get along

Former Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo hope to have a better relationship after Lorenzo moved to Ducati for the 2017 season.

There has always been tension between the two, who shared number one status at Yamaha, but with Lorenzo ending his nine-year-spell at the Japanese manufacturer, it is hoped that things will improve.

The Spaniard told Motor Cycle News: "It's always that when you have two cocks on the same farm it’s difficult – that’s always the way it is. The same in Repsol with Doohan and Criville, or in Formula One with Senna and Prost – it’s always hard because you want to beat the guy with the same bike or the same car.

"It's difficult to be friends with a rider you want to destroy. Finally, now, Rossi and I will still compete in the same category but with a different bike, and that makes a big difference."

Italian Rossi, himself, agrees with his former team-mate, adding: "It was a good moment. After the end of last year especially, our relationship wasn't a good one, but we've been together for a long time. He came to me and said good words about our relationship and it was a nice moment, and I'm happy with how it ended."

The new MotoGP season gets underway on March 26 in Qatar, while testing begins at the end of January.