Lin Jarvis: “Of course, it’s an option not to do it. There are two options; either replace Tech3 with another team or not. So we have to evaluate that, depending on the possible partners we can find.”
“We have this programme with the VR46 Academy, with the idea to take some of their guys if they’re interesting for us.”
Alex Marquez is one of the favourites for this year’s world championship while reigning Moto3 champion Joan Mir is starting a three-year Marc VDS contract.
Morbidelli has been promoted to MotoGP by Marc VDS after winning last year’s Moto2 crown. He is also is a member of Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Riders Academy, for which Yamaha is an ‘Official Partner and Motorcycle Supplier’.
“Sometimes it doesn’t work out. A good case in point was Franco Morbidelli. Because he became available to move. We would have been very interested to take him onboard.”
“But at that time, Jonas Folger and Zarco already had confirmed contracts for this year. Rossi and Viñales already had confirmed contracts for this year. We had no place. That was the problem.”
“Franco is under contract with us until the end of 2019, that is clear.”
“I can’t talk about specific manufacturers, but we would obviously be looking for the best technical package possible from any manufacturer, especially if Franco performs as expected this season.”
“I think Herve got a proposal [from KTM] that he himself described as ‘an offer he couldn’t refuse. Normally those offers come from Italy, but in this case, it came from Austria!”
“We respect that decision and we regret that decision because we’ve had 20 years together. For sure Valencia at the end of the year will be a sad day.”
“It’s true that we haven’t provided a factory bike to Johann, but we’ve always respected our policy and our contract.”
That could also open the door for Zarco to stay at Yamaha in 2019, riding a full-factory bike at the new satellite team.