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Yamaha MotoGP boss 'not going to make the same mistake twice' over testing

Yamaha’s MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis has vowed he won’t make the same mistake with Cal Crutchlow as he did with Jorge Lorenzo’s testing schedule in 2020, which was virtually non-existent.

Lorenzo tested once on an old R1 at Sepang, Covid struck and he was then out again at Portimao but three seconds off the pace. The three-time MotoGP world champion, as he likes to remind everyone, has been replaced by race winner Cal Crutchlow who Jarvis sees as a real grafter.

“We’re not going to make the same mistake twice. We will definitely be running a more intensive test programme next year,” said Jarvis.


“We have a lot of information from this year, so our engineers will change the chassis and work on improving the consistency.

“We’ll have Cal’s testing feedback, plus the official pre-season testing, so we are quite confident we can fix this issue next year.

“Taking Cal on board is a sign of our intention. We are fully confident that we’ve made a very good choice with Cal. I believe Cal is a real worker, he’s really hungry to get stuck into this project.

“Selecting Cal as opposed to renewing with Jorge - what we have seen anyway, when he did the first shakedown test in Sepang it was already four months since Jorge had ridden a bike in anger. And actually we didn’t test anything, but Jorge got himself up to speed,” Jarvis said.

“Then we couldn’t do any testing due to the Covid situation until Portimao and again Jorge had not spent any time on a bike during these many months.

“I think our decision was based on the fact that Cal is coming out of a complete grand prix season. Jorge in the meantime has been one whole year or almost 1.5 years away from a competitive grand prix season.

“Cal is shall we say race fit, ready to go and he was available. He showed a real passion to do this job and we think he’s the right choice for us at this moment.”

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