On April 8th, thousands of fans will watch the first race of the 2012 MotoGP season. Racing fans will watch as Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, and Dani Pedrosa compete on the track. But according to the 2010 MotoGP champion, the real battle will take place in the garages.
"If Yamaha are very competitive in 2012 it will not be because of me, but because of the engineers," Lorenzo said. "I'm just a rider, and the same goes for Stoner, Pedrosa and Valentino. It is important to give clear feedback on the shortcomings of the bike, but the rest is up to engineers."
But Lorenzo isn't ready to give the engineers all the credit. Lorenzo told Crash.net:
"In 2010 Yamaha ran four riders and the champion was me. And last year Honda ran four official bikes and the winner was Stoner. So in the end, the pilot is still as important as the bike."
Yamaha, Honda, and Ducati are all tasked with designing new motorcycles for the 2012 season. The MotoGP will use 1000cc motorcycles next year. Lorenzo, Stoner, and Rossi will get their first chance to test the new motorcycles at the end of the month in January.