Valentino Rossi returned to the official Yamaha team in 2013 after two ill-fated seasons at Ducati. The Italian returned to the shelter of a brand with which he had achieved four MotoGP titles, hoping to forget his two worst years in the premier class on a bike, the Desmosedici, with which he never found the feeling necessary to be fast.
#46 Valentino Rossi coincided with his return to Yamaha with the best years of Jorge Lorenzo next to the Iwata factory. The Spaniard had been world champion in 2010 and 2012, staying at the gates of the title in 2011 against a Casey Stoner intractable on the Honda of the Repsol team.
If there was anyone who knew the Yamaha YZR-M1 until the last screw, that was Jorge Lorenzo. The prototype of Iwata was at that time the strongest MotoGP of the whole grid, and Valentino Rossi took oil from the settings of Lorenzo on his return to Yamaha.
The #99 Jorge Lorenzo did not mind sharing that information with Valentino for Yamaha’s sake, although as Jorge reveals in his latest book ‘What I Learned Until I was 30‘, it was not the only thing that The Italian copied from Spanish.
“Rossi had returned to Yamaha [in 2013] and there was interest in improving his results,” Lorenzo writes. “I learned that my trainer, Antonio Casciano, had met in Tavullia with Rossi and his trainer, told him what my training method was like, and decided to interrupt my collaboration with Antonio, Valentino started training with the same bikes that I used in Geno, doing the same exercises, coincidence or not, it started to be more competitive. ”
In Lorenzo’s opinion, Valentino had crossed the line of confidence that both had drawn after the return of the Italian to Yamaha’s box. In fact, as a result of this event, Jorge chose to be more conservative when sharing technical information with Valentino’s engineers at each grand prize, even going so far as to separate his team leader, Massimo Meregalli, from his technical meetings at the term of each free and qualifying training.
“I decided to talk to Maio [Massimo Meregallo], I could accept that he copied the settings before each race, but that was too much, I preferred that Meregalli no longer attend my technical meetings after each session, I suspected he could tell everything to Rossi’s team, “Lorenzo writes in What I Learned until I was 30, the best-selling book on Amazon in the Motor Sports section in April.