Lorenzo-Rossi relationship ‘better than ever’

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The tension between Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi "has disappeared quite a bit" with the Spaniard saying they are enjoying a good relationship.

Life at Yamaha wasn't always so smooth with the two team-mates infamously having a wall in the garage to separate their sides during their first stint at the Lesmo-based outfit. Rossi, of course, left the team at the end of 2010 and spent two seasons at Ducati before returning in 2014.

Things, though, are a lot calmer during the second stint, according to Lorenzo.

"For the moment, the relationship is better than ever," he told reporters in London. "Before it was not so good.

"When I arrived in MotoGP I was 20 years old, I was very ambitious and he was in the best period of his career and he was protecting a little bit his space and position on the team.

"I wanted to get close to him or beat him as soon as possible.

"So for this reason I think we got this little tension that now has disappeared quite a bit. For sure if in the future some situation happens that can create some friction between us, relations can change. But I don't believe it will be as bad as in the past."

However, the relationship is likely to be tested over the next few months as the duo are level points with seven races still to go.

"To this point we did not have a big fight on the track or real situation where one of us thought that the other makes some dirty move in one corner for example," Lorenzo said.

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