Vinales will be as tough for Rossi as Lorenzo - Suzuki MotoGP boss

Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio believes Maverick Vinales will slot in at a similar level to Jorge Lorenzo as he becomes Valentino Rossi's new Yamaha team-mate

Vinales will be as tough for Rossi as Lorenzo - Suzuki MotoGP boss

With three-time champion Lorenzo moving to Ducati in 2017, Yamaha signed Vinales in May after the 21-year-old claimed his maiden podium at Le Mans and decided to leave Suzuki.

Vinales emerged as a frontrunner in 2016, and ultimately finished one place and 31 points behind Lorenzo in the championship.

Despite Lorenzo being eight years older and having won 44 grands prix to Vinales' one, Brivio believes Rossi will have just as tough a time with his new team-mate.

"For Valentino it's not a big change," Brivio, who worked with Rossi at Yamaha, told Autosport.

"He lost a strong rider, which is Lorenzo, but he will have another one which is Maverick.

"Maverick can learn for sure because he can check Valentino's data, he can look on the other side in the garage what's happening, so he can learn a lot and also he has a very difficult target to achieve.

"You always have to beat your team-mate first and having such a strong team-mate means ultimately that you're probably going to be fast if you do that.

"So I understand Maverick's decision [to leave].

"He has a good challenge in front of him but he's very fast, he has a big talent, he's intelligent. I'm sure he will manage."

Vinales started life with Yamaha in perfect fashion, topping both days of the post-season test at Valencia last month - showing pace Rossi described as "huge".

Having finished 12th in the championship as a rookie in 2015, Vinales believes he learned a lot during his first two years in MotoGP with Suzuki.

"I grew up a lot as a rider," he said.

"The first year was really difficult, really tough and hard for me.

"Being 11th or 12th, I always think that this is not my place.

"But this year we improved the level, I improved a lot as a rider also not only on the bike, but also working hard.

"I can say we can do well next season, this season being fourth."

shares
comments
Valentino Rossi takes fifth Monza Rally Show victory
Previous article

Valentino Rossi takes fifth Monza Rally Show victory

Next article

Jorge Lorenzo parks car racing until after MotoGP career ends

Jorge Lorenzo parks car racing until after MotoGP career ends
Load comments
Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken one Honda MotoGP ace's resolve Plus

Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken one Honda MotoGP ace's resolve

Pol Espargaro’s switch to Honda for 2021 was one of MotoGP’s biggest rider market shocks. But a difficult bike coupled with various external factors led to a difficult first campaign. As a critical 2022 campaign for both Espargaro and Honda looms, his 2021 experience hasn’t dented his long-held resolve

MotoGP
Jan 17, 2022
The Drive to Survive mistakes MotoGP must avoid in 2022 Plus

The Drive to Survive mistakes MotoGP must avoid in 2022

OPINION: MotoGP will get its own Drive to Survive-style series in 2022, airing on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a much-needed grab at the mainstream for MotoGP, but a paradigm shift in the series highlighted by one of its leading stars must be embraced and not overshadowed by a desire to replicate DTS’s popcorn drama

MotoGP
Jan 10, 2022
Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP Plus

Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP

Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars

MotoGP
Jan 4, 2022
How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022 Plus

How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022

That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class

MotoGP
Jan 3, 2022
Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021

Eight different riders won races across an ultra-competitive 2021 MotoGP season. Although Fabio Quartararo wrapped up the title with two rounds to go, the Yamaha rider had strong competition from the revitalised Ducati factory team and the world championship's returning king. Autosport picks out the year's 10 best riders

MotoGP
Dec 23, 2021
How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king Plus

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king

Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength

MotoGP
Dec 7, 2021
The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate Plus

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate

Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked

MotoGP
Dec 4, 2021
Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races Plus

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races

As the Italian legend finally bows out and retires from MotoGP, it marks the end of one of the most incredible careers in motorsport history. Here is Autosport’s pick of his best rides and the stories behind them

MotoGP
Dec 3, 2021