To anybody who has watched the MotoGP the past few weeks, it was all but sure that the relationship between Maverick and Yamaha had taken a turn for the worst. There is rider at his peak who wanted to battle it out for victory every weekend and then there a was a teammate who did just that on the same bike.
The mystery of the rear grip issue that never got solved for the past 4 years and the recent apparent “lack of respect” from the Yamaha crew. All this meant only one thing. Right now it looks like a move to Aprilia is the only viable and reasonable option. We await an official confirmation.
LIN JARVIS – MANAGING DIRECTOR, YAMAHA MOTOR RACING
It is with sadness that we will say farewell to Maverick at the end of the year. We are in the middle of our fifth season together and over the years we have achieved many highs but also had to manage many lows. After the German GP, which was the most difficult weekend of our partnership, we had important discussions in Assen and came to the conclusion that it would be in the interest of both parties to go our separate ways in the future. Yamaha will put in their maximum effort – as we always have done – to give full support to Maverick and finish this season in the very best way possible.
This partnership has been very significant to me over the last five years, and it proved a difficult decision to part ways. In these seasons together, we experienced both great achievements and tough times. However, the underlying feeling is of mutual respect and appreciation. I am fully committed and will strive to achieve the best results for the rest of the season.