MotoGP, Razali: “Valentino is a mentor, I’m curious to work with him”

MotoGP, Razali: “Valentino is a mentor, I’m curious to work with him”

The Petronas sporting director talks about how Rossi can help, but also about the team's lack of consistency in 2020, something it aims to remedy in 2021

The Petronas Yamaha team presentation will take place within this month and as the M1 is unveiled, we will also see Valentino Rossi in official Petronas colours alongside reconfirmed rider Franco Morbidelli. An all-Italian rider line-up, and one that sporting director Razlan Razali is keen to work with.

“We need to find a compromise”


During an interview with Fox Sport Asia, Razali outlined some goals for 2021: “We’ll try to be more consistent”, he said. “Franco already managed this in 2020 and was more consistent than Fabio, Maverick and Valentino. This year, we need to find a compromise so that we don’t have bad races like we did in 2020. Consistency is the priority this year, I think that both Yamaha and our team can do it”.

To start on the right foot, they first need to identify the errors made last season: “I think our problem, or the Yamaha problem in general, is that we have no middle ground. Either we give it our all or do really badly. This was the main issue last year. The Yamaha is clearly a great bike, it won seven races last year, more than any other manufacturer, and we won six of those. It’s an excellent bike and I think we’ll be able to solve the problems”.

Valentino, a mentor


The sporting director went on to talk about Valentino’s arrival on the team: Valentino is an icon, a mentor for many youngsters. This will definitely benefit our team because we also have riders racing in Moto3 and Moto2 who can get up close and see how he works. I’m sure they’ll be motivated if they receive advice from him. We really want to see how he works and learn from him. I have to thank him for putting his trust in our team, and we’ll be doing our best to repay this”.

Translated by Heather Watson

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