Why Rossi and Vinales are unlikely to stay friends

Why Rossi and Vinales are unlikely to stay friends

After the animosity with Jorge Lorenzo in recent years, Valentino Rossi began 2017 singing a friendly happy birthday to new Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales. But does that relationship have a hope of staying convivial when the season starts?

Was Valentino Rossi at your birthday lunch the other week? If you are Maverick Vinales, you can definitely say 'yes', but I imagine he'd be in the minority.

It was all smiles when Vinales turned 22 earlier this month - you may have seen the nice little video Yamaha posted on social media. He celebrated with his new team, sitting next to boss Lin Jarvis, and his new team-mate Rossi came over from (I assume) a few seats up to join them for the photos. Maybe he also fancied some cake.

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