AFTER spending three years together as teammates in the Fiat Yamaha team Jorge Lorenzo has admitted that he never really got to know the real Valentino Rossi.
"On the camera he is the nicest guy, but I have no idea how he is away from it. In the three years that we were teammates, I never got to know him." said Lorenzo in an interview with the Italian daily, Corriere della Sera.
The reigning champion currently shares the Factory Yamaha pits with Ben Spies, who Lorenzo thinks they share a closer relationship than with Rossi in the previous years. The Spaniard mentioned that they are talking more and sending messages amongst one another. However, the current Yamaha teammates are still separated by 'the Wall'.
Spies like Lorenzo has an experience of partnering mentally tough riders, as part of the Yoshimura Suzuki team in the AMA series he spent time with Mat Mladin, over-coming the veteran's 'mind-games' to overthrow his dominance and winning three straight championships.
Rossi has been known to be closed off from the public with a well-guarded private life away from the track and the cameras.