JORGE LORENZO has admitted that having Valentino Rossi as a team-mate at Yamaha again will be a great motivation for him next season.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Lorenzo said: "We are both winning riders and neither wants to lose.
"I think our relationship has got better, though maybe it's got better because we were in different teams.
"It's good news for Yamaha because we achieved a lot of good results together.
"It's a big motivation to have him back because I always like to have the best riders in my garage. Valentino is one of them. I assume trying to beat me will be a big motivation for him.
"For Yamaha, it will be a good thing, that's the most important thing."
Rossi has had a difficult time since joining Ducati in 2011, with only two podium finishes. But Lorenzo believes that this will not have dented the Italian's ability.
"Someone who has talent normally keeps it and doesn't lose it like this in two years, he is still young enough. He is 33, he has won a lot of races. With the Yamaha a better bike this year, it will be easier for him.
"It's true that us younger riders are getting stronger, more experienced and more consistent, but we have to remember that Valentino has won a lot of races. We have to respect that and keep it in mind."