Valentino Rossi says that “nothing has been decided” for the future regarding former three-time Grand Prix champion Luca Cadalora becoming part of his team.
Cadalora was spotted as part of Rossi’s entourage on Tuesday, when the Yamaha rider arrived at Phillip Island ahead of the start of the second official pre-season MotoGP test.
While his exact role has yet to be specified, Cadalora could undertake a similar role to the one Wilco Zeelenberg performs on the other side of the Yamaha garage for Jorge Lorenzo.
“Perhaps he can give me some help,” said Rossi when asked by reporters about the reasons for recruiting his compatriot.
“We also have ridden together already, and we exchange many interesting stories. I have never had this type of figure, so I thought to myself: why not?
“He is supposed to be helping me from a technical viewpoint, in particular observing what happens on track.
“For the moment he has come to this test, but nothing has been decided for the future.”
On a day of running affected by rain, Rossi was one of the more productive riders, logging 27 laps – including a stint on the new intermediate Michelin tyre – on his way to the sixth fastest time.
“We were a bit bored, but it wasn’t a completely wasted day,” said Rossi. “We managed to do several laps in the wet, and also in the dry towards the end.
“It‘s always difficult to find the right window to use the intermediate tyre, but it can help. In the past, with the slick, it was quite dangerous to go out in half and half [wet-dry] conditions.
“Hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow and Friday.”