SIC running 'A-spec' bike a "win-win" for Yamaha

The new SIC Yamaha MotoGP team running an ‘A-spec’ bike next season for Franco Morbidelli represents a “win-win” situation for the Iwata brand, believes Lin Jarvis.

SIC running 'A-spec' bike a "win-win" for Yamaha

It was revealed last month at Silverstone that the Petronas-backed SIC outfit, which replaces the Angel Nieto team on the premier class grid next year, will be given one Yamaha M1 similar in specification to the factory bikes for Marc VDS Honda convert Morbidelli.

Moto2 graduate Fabio Quartararo meanwhile will campaign a Valencia 2018-spec 'B-spec' machine for his first season in MotoGP.

It marks a departure from Yamaha’s previous strategy with current satellite team Tech 3, which has traditionally used year-old material handed down from the works squad.

But Yamaha boss Jarvis believes the new approach will assist the factory team, which hasn’t won a MotoGP race in over a year, in its battle with Honda and Ducati at the front of the field.

“I think it’s related primarily to SIC’s desire,” said Jarvis at Silverstone when asked by Motorsport.com where the impetus for the ‘A-spec’ bike had come from.

“They want to run at the front as early as possible, they want to make results. It’s a significant investment by SIC, the Malaysian government, by Petronas.

“It’s primarily led by them, supported by us, because if they have the desire to do that, then we have three, let’s say, high-level bikes on the grid which will help us in terms of data and trying new things.

“I think Franky [Morbidelli], being an Academy rider, training and living close to Valentino [Rossi], there are some synergies there that will surely help him to be able to discuss together with Valentino.

“For me it’s a win-win for everybody.”

Franco Morbidelli, SIC Racing Team

Franco Morbidelli, SIC Racing Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Images

SIC will be able to draw on the experience of Jorge Lorenzo’s former team manager Wilco Zeelenberg, who has been selected as team manager for the new project, as well as Maverick Vinales’ current crew chief Ramon Forcada, who will engineer Morbidelli in 2019.

But Jarvis emphasised that “it will take time” for the new outfit to get up to speed and that it would be unreasonable for Yamaha to expect instant success.

“Their first challenge is going to be Valencia [post-season testing],” he said.

“Within 24 hours of the last race, this team, which doesn’t exist today, has to exist and to run two guys that have never ridden a Yamaha, from scratch. Frankly, that’s a big ask.

“There’s no doubt they’ll come across things, even if you have experienced people. You have maybe two guys that have the experience, but for all the other guys it’s all brand new and they’re going to come across new problems, new issues.

“We need to take the pressure off the team and we need to give them the time they need to get up to speed.”

Read Also:

shares
comments
MotoGP issues 19-round 2019 calendar
Previous article

MotoGP issues 19-round 2019 calendar

Next article

Avintia names Rabat's replacement for Misano

Avintia names Rabat's replacement for Misano
Load comments
The three factors that crowned MotoGP's newest champion at Misano Prime

The three factors that crowned MotoGP's newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

MotoGP
Oct 25, 2021
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Prime

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Motorsport.com pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on.

MotoGP
Oct 23, 2021
Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha in MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

MotoGP
Oct 19, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Prime

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022.

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result Prime

Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021