Consistency more crucial in 2010, says Yamaha boss

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A crucial factor in deciding the destiny 2010 MotoGP world championship will be consistency, according to Fiat Yamaha boss Davide Brivio.

Brivio, who is again at the helm of Valentino Rossi’s factory Yamaha squad again in 2010, believes the rider who makes the least amount of mistakes will be favourite to clinch the title.

Italian Rossi made several key mistakes during the 2009 campaign, though he did manage to comfortably win a seventh MotoGP crown.

He finished outside the points after an error strewn French GP in Le Mans, surrendered big points when he tumbled out of contention at Donington Park and gifted Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo a way back into the title hunt when he fell out of the Indianapolis race.

Lorenzo’s title challenge though was severely hindered by costly mistakes he made at Jerez, Donington, Brno and Phillip Island.

And Brivio reckons the amount of mistakes will be more crucial than the amount of race wins this year.

He told MCN: “It is difficult to win nine or ten races like in the past when there are at least four potential race winners. We have seen recently that the highest number of wins is only five or six, so it will be important to be consistent.

"Last year the mistakes were a lot between Valentino and Jorge and Casey but this also created some balance as well.”

Brivio said that Rossi’s experience would also be a vital weapon in his bid for a third successive crown, though the likes of Lorenzo and Stoner now have vast premier class experience too.

He added: “Valentino can use his experience but Casey now has quite a lot of experience at this level.

"They have all been racing for many years so they know how big the pressure is going out to win. Valentino has more experience than them but I don’t think this makes a big difference.

"The big difference comes from hard work.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt