Whilst some in the MotoGP paddock were quick to reckon on another factory Yamaha being made available in a satellite team for Jorge Lorenzo (how quickly that story was proved wrong with Lorenzo’s leap to Honda confirmed earlier this week) the truth of the matter is that there will be NO third Yamaha for next year’s premier class – and there never was going to be.
Speaking out about the rumours that had another factory effort making its way to the grid for next season, Yamaha’s Director of Yamaha Racing Lin Jarvis said that this is not the case and IT NEVER WAS: “Our policy has not changed in terms of plans for next year.
“We have two official riders, Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. We are looking for a substitute outlet for satellite equipment. That is it.
“We talk a lot with Marc VDS because they want to have two competitive riders in MotoGP and it’s interesting, but their current situation is not entirely clear, so we’re waiting.
“But no, it would not be the same bike as Valentino and Maverick, although the specifications will be high level.”