Rossi, Vinales ‘like a breath of fresh air’ for Yamaha

Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis is very upbeat about the team’s new pairing of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales saying the lack of animosity between the two is "like a breath of fresh air".

After being with Yamaha for nine seasons, three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo was replaced by Suzuki's Vinales for the 2017 MotoGP season onwards, ending seven seasons of personal friction between Rossi and Lorenzo.

In an interview with MotorSport, Jarvis confirmed since multiple MotoGP World Champion Rossi and Vinales began testing in November last year in Valencia the two had formed an "excellent" relationship. 

"Last year, they already nurtured a little bit of a relationship together," said Jarvis. "They had this mutual respect for each other beforehand and what's been pleasing is Maverick has outright stated that Valentino has always been his idol.

"And he continues to see him in that way. You don't have this animosity between two riders and that's really good, it's like a breath of fresh air, frankly, at the moment."

Jarvis feels that the reason for the good working relationship between the two riders was helped by Vinales' willingness to learn from the 37-year-old Rossi which played right into the Italian's nature.

"What was pleasing that we saw in the last test, at the end of the day, normally the riders are in their zones, they finish their work and they go back to the hotel," he said.

"But Maverick is very curious and motivated, so he came over to Valentino and engaged with Valentino and said, 'Vale, what about this? What about that? What do you think?'

"You could see Valentino then lit up. He is, let's be honest, the greatest of all time. And Valentino likes to share as well.

"Of course he doesn't like to be beaten, but with his Academy bringing on young riders, basically he likes to share his knowledge."

The next scheduled official MotoGP testing happens on February 15 at Phillip Island, Australia.