Jorge Lorenzo has said he believes he and soon-to-be-former team-mate Valentino Rossi will be able to profit from the things they have learned from and about each-other more as they head their separate ways in 2017.
The Spaniard and nine-time World Champion Rossi have been team-mates since 2008 with the exception of the two years Rossi spent at Ducati, but with Lorenzo leaving to join the Italian marque next year they will be rivals on different machinery once again.
Speaking to the press ahead of his final race with Yamaha, Lorenzo said he thinks both he and Rossi will be able to use what they’ve learned about each-other as they set out to fight against one another next season without the ties of previous years.
“I think it will be better as we can take what we have learned from each other and use it in different teams,” he said. “We can now use that in the track, whereas before when we share a team someone has to finish in front of the other one and that is the negative side. Maybe now we can take profit from what we have learned.”
Asked how he’d feel when his team-mate leaves, Rossi responded: “We have been very competitive from the first moment and have stayed together for a long time. I think we have learned a lot from each other. It is always a great motivation to have a top rider as your team-mate, we have had some different seasons and in some years we have had the bike to fight for the championship and fought for the results and that was a good thing.”
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