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Rossi still 'important' to Yamaha for development despite SRT switch

Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis says Valentino Rossi will be a "very important part" in the development of the 2021 MotoGP bike despite his switch to Petronas SRT. After 15 seasons together, Rossi's time at the factory Yamaha squad came to an end at the conclusion of the 2020 campaign, with the nine-times grand prix world champion remaining a factory-contracted rider at SRT next year on current-spec machinery. Though Jarvis admits Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales will lead some of the development at the factory squad, he does not believe Rossi "moving next door" will change his role much from what it has been previously at Yamaha. "He's done 15 seasons with the Yamaha...
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