I'd forgotten about this stunning performance before the crash
don't think there are any doctors here?
Is he really wrong, though is the question.
Name one other rider who has contributed more to the DNA of that Yamaha than JLO in the past 10 years and made it competitive on Sundays.
I don't really think JLO really had any interest in developing a bike for the guy that took his spot in Yamaha. I bet there's more to the story than what we hear.
As far as where the Yamaha riders are. I see only Franco Morbidelli producing., Vinales has been a huge disappointment. Fabio seems like a flash in pants. Similar to Vinalles all hype no real outcomes in the end. Win a few races here and there but no consistency. Rossi well he just remains competitive. Not expecting much. More hopefully than anything. Who knows maybe going down to the Yamaha SRT team and being partnered with Franco might boast his performance.
Assuming the above to be true, why would you keep him on at Yamaha? I'm sure he wasn't cheap, he's obviously not a very good team player, and he can't work with the tires. According to the guys on Front End Chatter, Yamaha was showing up to rounds without even their gearing right, which suggests the testing wasn't even close to race pace...
Lorenzo is legendary for being one of the biggest egomaniacal douchenozzles in a sport full of outsized egos and competition obsessives. This is almost a universal opinion from those in the paddock who aren't on his payroll. Respected voices like Mat Oxley, David Emmett, Si Hargreaves, etc. have all given their opinion based on first-hand experience. You can get away with that behaviour when you're winning, but patience gets thin fast if you're not performing anymore.JLO was an incredily difficult person to work with, and its well documented, but he was nearly maniacal about how precise the settings had to be to extrac tthe most out of the bike.
Team player... that's debatable, sure him and Rossi and Dovi never got on while teammates, but I think internally at Yamaha he was still highly prized and made accommodations where needed. Which is why Yamaha picked him up as soon as he announced he left HRC.
He was, and I mentioned that in my response.I may be wrong here. But I thought Franco was on a 2019 bike this season?
I think it was a combination of both, rather than solely one or the other. I think the direction for development was going really well prior to COVID with everything going well in pres-season teating, unfortunately things took a turn for the worst when Europe went into lockdown and testing was halted, the Season was postponed and his Wildcars were shelved.Yet he still managed to finish second overall. This tells me one of two things . The newer Yamaha bikes could be worse off and JLOS development of the bike was no where to be seen. That could be due to Yamaha or JLO.
I would have agreed, but as seen with Dovi, Ducati are a cluster **** when it comes to management; having lived and work with Italian superiors in Italy I can attest that is more often the case. It's not a sustainable working relationship in the best of times and outright toxic in the rest.If JLO was to come back he should of went back to Ducati. At the end of his contract with them he was winning races. He had that bike dialed in.
I think the best thing for Franco is stay where he is,. Get some more experience while not under the same expectations or pressure of being on a factory team.. Rossi will be there to offer his guidance if asked. I see Franco as the future of Yamaha. If he wasn't taken out this year by other riders in their crashes... recall the one with Zarco. He would of won the title this year.