MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
Inside the Rossi/Lorenzo garage
Here is photographic evidence of how nasty things are getting inside the Movistar Yamaha pit as the Rossi/Lorenzo title fight approaches its heart-pumping climax.
Above we see Rossi crew members Gary Coleman (left) and Alex Briggs (right) mugging Jorge Lorenzo mechanic Ian Gilpin in the paddock – the Northern Irishman never stood a chance against the Aussie pair.
It’s just as bad in the pits where the two opposing crews giving each other the dead-eye across the garage and plan their next act of sabotage or their piece snippet of misinformation…
No, I can’t keep this up. Let’s forget the tabloid fantasy and cut to reality…
Although everyone knows that Rossi and Lorenzo maintain only the thinnest veneer of civility between themselves, it’s different with the people working for them.
“There are no issues between us at all,” says Gilpin, cutting dead my hopes for a lucrative Sun exclusive. “Obviously both sides of the garage want to win, but it’s a good mix of people, we’re all professionals, we all get on and we have some fun together, so there’s no dramas.”
Gilpin is a recent addition to Lorenzo’s crew. Previously he worked on Ben Spies’ factory Yamahas and before that he was at Suzuki and at Team Roberts, working on Yamaha, Modenas and Proton machinery.
“Of course, there’s always piss-taking and it fires both ways across the garage. After a race we all say well done to each other and start working on the bikes or packing up. When Valentino wins or if Jorge has a crash, like at Misano, OK, we may be a bit pissed off for an hour, but then you get on with it. It’s not the end of world, is it? It’s only bike racing!”
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.