When you’re a 15 time World Champion like Giacomo Agostini, people ask your opinion on the current racers and the racing legend was recently interviewd by the Gazzetta dello Sport to find out his take on what will happen between Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, now that Yamaha threw a lifeline to the Italian and his return is already being felt, if it’s confirmed that Yamaha bought out Lorenzo’s personal sponsorship contract with Rock Star.
The reigning World Champion in his recent interviews has played down any talk of future tension, believing that his relationship with Rossi will be better than it was in the past, but most paddock observers believe that the intense rivalry between the two will kick in once again if Rossi should return to his winning ways and will be excaberated if Yamaha can’t manage the situation.
“When you have two roosters in the same hen house, one wants to be more of a rooster than the other one. I experienced that with Hailwood, Read and also with Bergamonti: the thing you desire most is to beat your team mate who has the same bike as yours, because that’s where you see who is stronger. Rossi will win again at Yamaha, but it won’t be easy, I think he can win one or two races a season, but not dominate like before as his rivals are younger and have improved,” commented Agostini.
Agostini was also asked who he believes will win the next title and his answer was Lorenzo - almost without hesitation - but admits that Lorenzo will have trouble defending his title if Dani Pedrosa should continue with the strong streak with which he ended the 2012 season.