MotoGP eyes changes after 2015 Valentino Rossi/Marc Marquez spat

MotoGP officials, manufacturers and teams are discussing changes following the fall-out from last year's row between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez

MotoGP eyes changes after 2015 Valentino Rossi/Marc Marquez spat

The championship attracted controversy over the final month of the season, sparked by Rossi's accusation that Marquez was working to help countryman Jorge Lorenzo beat him to the title.

Rossi and Marquez then clashed during the Malaysian Grand Prix, with the Italian forced to start Valencia's season finale from the rear of the grid, as Lorenzo beat his team-mate to championship by five points.

The president of motorcycling racing's governing body, Vito Ippolito said the row "poisoned" MotoGP, while the riders were summoned to an extraordinary meeting at the expense of the traditional Thursday press conference at Valencia.

Yamaha's MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis had to manage tensions between Rossi and Lorenzo within his team's garage, and is involved in discussions aimed at avoiding a repeat.

"If you ask me what I'd like to see this year, I'd like to see the same results at the end of the year with a different story," he said.

"I think the season was magnificent for the majority of last year, but unfortunately at the end there were a few issues that arose that exposed maybe a couple of things that we need to work on as a championship and as a sport.

"We are in this sport as much as Dorna, the FIM and the riders. It's all of us together, it's our sport, so we have to work together to find new solutions.

"While it's not our decision to make any changes, we are certainly talking to Dorna, talking to the FIM, and we await to see the changes that will come.

"But I am confident that everybody has experienced last year and we all know the things we need to work on, and I'm sure we will work on that and have another great season."

Jarvis refused to be drawn on details of the talks, or indeed what the manufacturers were putting on the table, emphasising that the ball was in the FIM and Dorna's court.

"I can't really explain details," he said.

"We have some suggestions for some things that we could improve to make things better.

"I think at the moment it's important that these discussions are going on. It's not just Yamaha and the FIM and Dorna, other manufactures are engaged.

"There are many people involved, many teams and manufacturers. Everybody is sharing their input together.

"Until the FIM and Dorna come with their new proposals, I don't think it's appropriate to really discuss such details."

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