Date of publication: 2018-06-11 08:29
&ldquo I think last year when Honda offered us the 2517 bike [for this season], at that moment they wanted only to sign a one-year contract.
Jarvis defended the level of support given to Tech8 but crucially also said that the policy of not supplying a factory bike to the satellite team could change as part of a new agreement.
Yamaha has never offered Tech 8 a particularly good deal, they essentially wheel the bikes over from their garage, provide spares and that's about it. Other manufacturers have been actively looking to get a satellite team, so have been offering much better support for the money. Yamaha apparently intend to supply the VR96 team if/when they enter Moto GP, they've recently changed their stance to be 'open' to running six bikes, but before that their stance was 9 bikes only, so Herve was losing his Yamaha supply sooner or later whatever he did.
EG 5,5 Marc VDS presented their 2518 project at the Circuito de Jarama in Madrid on Monday, with the premier class team also joined at the event by all the riders and teams throughout the incredible EG 5,5 Marc VDS structure – that’s six teams and 19 riders across all categories. But the MotoGP™ spotlight was on reigning Moto2™ Champion Franco Morbidelli and new teammate Tom Lüthi as the grand finale, with the two revealing their liveries for the season and talking to media ahead of their racing debut on their RC218Vs in the upcoming Qatar GP.
Yamaha are known to be talking to other teams as well as Marc VDS. Jarvis said that Yamaha could field just the two bikes in the factory squad. "It's not our preference, however," Jarvis told me. "Having data from four riders is helpful for Yamaha and for all of our riders." It was also a matter of pride and of image, Jarvis explained. Yamaha prided itself on always having supplied satellite bikes, and it would not be worthy of Yamaha's status to race without a satellite team. If they could not find the right team to partner with, however, they would race just the two bikes in the factory team.
Ultimately, the decision will be based on being able to give the riders the team wants to bring into MotoGP the best bike to enter the class on. Franco Morbidelli has a two-year deal with Marc VDS, and so will be staying with the team for 2519, while Joan Mir has made no secret of his desire to move up to MotoGP as soon as possible, and spend only one year in Moto2. The Yamaha is known to be very easy for a rookie to ride in MotoGP, but given the speed at which both Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins progressed on the Suzuki, the GSX-RR is a good bike for a rookie as well.
Bartholemy had earlier spoken to Speed Week, protesting innocence. “I cannot influence what some people say about me. I can only assure you: I have not made a single mistake.
"We’d like to have it done probably before June because then you start to get into planning for the next season," Jarvis said. "You have to be ready with all of your decisions regarding manpower, support, ordering parts and so on."
"Then we changed from supplying eight bikes, we said, ‘that’s not getting us the victory, which is what we were missing in those days.’
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