Yamaha not ‘obsessed’ by Rossi winning a 10th title

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Maverick Vinales’ crew chief Ramon Forcada says the
Yamaha MotoGP team are not obsessed by teammate Valentino Rossi
winning a 10th world championship.

In his stunning career, the 37-year-old Rossi has won the 125cc
and 250cc categories and seven premier class titles to be just
short of claiming a 10th crown having come close being the
runner-up in the last three seasons.  

Forcada believes that even though Rossi has a huge worldwide
following Yamaha does not have a favourite and treats both
their riders equally.

“The Japanese are very phlegmatic,” Forcada told the
Motorsport website. “They want to win, their number
one enemy is Honda, their great rival.

“This is the main objective, and with which rider matters very
little.

“Surely the marketing department is interested in this detail,
but I can assure you the project leader is only interested in
winning, whether it’s with [Tech 3 riders] Folger, Zarco,
Valentino or Maverick.

“They want a Yamaha rider to win and Rossi’s 10th title is not
an obsession for them.”

Forcada added that with the Yamaha MotoGP team being based just
outside Milan at Lesmo it would be very special if the Italian
was able to clinch a 10th world title.

“Within the team, which is run by Italians, it’s a different
story,” he said. “Surely if Valentino won a 10th title it would
be important for the championship and the sport.

“It would be a huge achievement, coming so many years after his
last title [in 2009], and it would have a big media impact for
MotoGP. But as for the technical staff [in Japan], they have no
preference.

“The enemy is Honda and the objective is to win the
championship – as well as the riders’, the constructors’, which
we hardly talk about.”

The first MotoGP face of 2017 is the Qatar GP at the Losail
International Circuit on March 26.



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