Rupanya walau sudah dianggap tidak punya kemampuan, Yamaha itu masih takut dibenci oleh Valentino Rossi. Ini diungkap oleh Lin Jarvis lewat wawancara dengan motorsport.com.
Why Rossi is no longer Yamaha’s MotoGP future – MotoGP
Q: Is the championship ready for Rossi’s retirement?
Lin Jarvis: I think so. Whenever any great champion stops in any sport, it has an effect straight after. For instance, in the case of Formula 1, in the tragic case of Ayrton Senna and the end of a legend due to an accident, Formula 1 continued and survived – just as it did again when Michael Schumacher retired.
Q: So, is the media and the public under the impression that Rossi is more important to Yamaha than he really is?
LJ: Everything goes in phases. Up until 2010, Valentino had brought us four titles – ’04, ’05, ’08 and ’09 – so when he left us, it had a big impact. It would be like Marquez leaving Honda right now. That was a big deal. Now he is at a different stage of his life, a different stage of his career, and with all due respect he is no longer the future of our participation in MotoGP.
Kasarannya Rossi pensiun sekarang itu dibilang nggak ngefek. Rossi juga dianggap nggak dibutuhkan oleh tim MotoGP Yamaha. Dulu memang statusnya sama dengan Marquez di Honda, keluar bakal buyar. Sekarang sudah tidak. Media itu overestimate status Rossi di tim Yamaha.
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Yamaha expects no “conflict” over Rossi retirement timing
“That’s not to say he is not important – he is important. His role and function will be different but I hope he stays as a brand ambassador and partner as he gets older.”
Asked whether he felt the decision to retire would be Rossi’s alone or a collective one, Jarvis replied: “It will definitely be both parties’ decision. I absolutely don’t expect any conflict.”
“It will definitely be both parties’ decision. I think he will certainly be the first person to decide when he feels he is unable to be as competitive as he would like to be, or his motivation starts to wane. The first signs will definitely come from his side.”
Rossi dianggap penting, tapi statusnya lebih ke maskot dan bintang iklan.
Ia juga bilang Yamaha nggak akan memecat Rossi secara sepihak. Kalau Rossi berhenti, itu pasti keputusan dari kedua pihak. Ia nggak berani sampai Rossi tersinggung.
Namun ia yakin bahwa bakal Rossi duluan yang bakal minta berhenti.
Sepertinya memang fans Rossi masih dianggap penting oleh Yamaha sehingga nggak berani gegabah untuk kasusnya Rossi.