Lorenzo and Rossi Petronas MotoGP pairing ‘unlikely’

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Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis has dismissed a Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo re-union at Petronas in 2021 as ‘unlikely’.

Lorenzo has rediscovered a love for the track as test rider after three torrid years with Ducati and Honda while Rossi - when he announces he will continue - needs a team in which to race.

But Jarvis says that Petronas is a place to breed young talent and Franco Morbidelli although not signed will probably remain as a partner to The Doctor.

“It would be interesting, also because I wouldn’t have to manage them. But I think it’s unlikely; the main goal of Petronas is to develop the next generation,” said Jarvis.

“And I like Morbidelli very much. He’s on the shopping list of other manufacturers, but I hope he stays with us.

“It could be another solution for Petronas or others, he only has a one-year contract with us. The test in Sepang helped him rediscover the Yamaha and certain reflexes.

“He too is now confused: it becomes difficult to decide whether to race again without being able to ride on track. He was supposed to do the wildcard in Barcelona, now we don’t even know if they will be allowed this season.”