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Yamaha unconcerned about Rossi-Lorenzo rivalry

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Yamaha MotoGP team principal Lin Jarvis has no concerns about the rivalry between riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo heading into the 2016 season.

Rossi and Lorenzo became embroiled in a tense battle for the championship in 2016 that ended in controversial fashion at the Valencian Grand Prix.

Rossi accused Honda rider Marc Marquez of deliberately protecting compatriot Lorenzo to help him win the championship as the Italian missed out on a tenth world title.

Relations between Rossi and Lorenzo have been frosty at best during their two stints as teammates at Yamaha, but Jarvis is unconcerned about their rivalry harming the team.

“As I mentioned at the team launch, we are fortunate that within the garage we have a very good strong unified team, whilst we recognise that our riders are each other’s main rivals,” Jarvis told motogp.com.

“So I don’t think we are going to see anything dramatically different this year. Surely the riders will remember the experiences at the end of last year as it is still quite recent, but for all of them they will just look forward.

“You have to look forward as there is no point in harping back to what could have and what should have been. So they will all go forward wiser I hope. What we need to do is foster and retain that respect between the riders, this is very, very important.

“We have a great show, with fantastic racing, and it very important that we can maintain the respect between the teams and the riders themselves and put on a good sporting show for the fans.”

The new MotoGP season kicks off on March 20 in Qatar.

Formula One names Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO

Stefano Domenicali named F1 CEO
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Former Ferarri chief Stefano Domenicali was named the new president and CEO of F1, replacing Chase Carey in January 2021, Liberty Media announced Friday.

Domenicali, 55, will join Formula One from Lamborghini, where he had been CEO and president.

He worked on Ferrari’s F1 team for nearly 20 years, becoming the team principal in 2008. He left in 2014 and worked at Audi before joining Lamborghini.

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“I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said in a release. “I was born in Imola and live in Monza.  I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.

“The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.”

Carey, who had led F1 since Liberty’s Formula One Group took control of the organization in 2017, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

“Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.  His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Said Carey: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years. I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term.”