Sport Rossi: I am able to go faster with the old bike

22:50  14 november  2017
22:50  14 november  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Factory Yamaha team used 2016 chassis in Valencia race

  Factory Yamaha team used 2016 chassis in Valencia race The factory Yamaha team has revealed it reverted back to the 2016 YZR–M1 chassis for the Valencia Grand Prix as its struggles with the 2017 frame continued. Yamaha has struggled all season with its 2017 M1, with various chassis updates – including the introduction of a 2018 prototype at Silverstone – yielding mixed results for the factory duo of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi. Vinales – who topped the two–day Valencia test in 2016 on the 2016 bike – had been struggling more so than Rossi at Ricardo Tormo, with the Spaniard unable to brake and turn how he wanted. Qualifying 13th (but starting 12th due to a penalty for KTM’s Pol Espargaro), Yamaha opted to bring forward its plans to try the 2016 frame in the test, with Vinales immediately feeling better on the bike – though could only finish 12th after encountering an issue with his rear tyre. “The feeling with the chassis was great,” said Vinales. “Already in the first lap (in warm–up) I did a 1m32s low, then on the second lap I was already one second faster – something I hadn’t been able to do all weekend. “So already I was feeling great, and maybe I pushed too early and too much for the feeling, because I was feeling good. “In the race, I think we had some issues with the rear tyre. “The feeling I had with the rear was that the tyre was not working well, a lot of vibration at the end of the race. So I didn’t want to risk any more than was necessary. “I’m happy, because the chassis was working really well this morning.

Valentino Rossi labelled Tuesday’s test day at Valencia as “positive” after he posted the fourth fastest time using Yamaha’s 2016 M1. But I confirm that I ’m able to go faster with the old bike . A crash in the fast right like always but for me no problem.

Valentino Rossi labelled Tuesday’s test day at Valencia as “positive” after he posted the fourth fastest time using Yamaha’s 2016 M1. We need to work. But I confirm that I ’m able to go faster with the old bike .

Valentino Rossi admitted he is able go faster on the 2016 MotoGP Yamaha chassis than he is on the 2017 version, though still does not think the older frame ‘is enough’ to be competitive.

The Italian and team-mate Maverick Vinales reverted to the 2016 frame for the season-ending Valencia race – something they had planned to do for the test, but felt race miles would give them more useful data.

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Despite finishing fifth and 12th respectively, both felt the 2016 frame – which has been used all season by the satellite Tech3 team – was a step in the right direction, and continued to work on it on Tuesday in Valencia along with the 2017 chassis.

Factory Yamaha team used 2016 chassis in Valencia race

  Factory Yamaha team used 2016 chassis in Valencia race The factory Yamaha team has revealed it reverted back to the 2016 YZR–M1 chassis for the Valencia Grand Prix as its struggles with the 2017 frame continued. Yamaha has struggled all season with its 2017 M1, with various chassis updates – including the introduction of a 2018 prototype at Silverstone – yielding mixed results for the factory duo of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi. Vinales – who topped the two–day Valencia test in 2016 on the 2016 bike – had been struggling more so than Rossi at Ricardo Tormo, with the Spaniard unable to brake and turn how he wanted. Qualifying 13th (but starting 12th due to a penalty for KTM’s Pol Espargaro), Yamaha opted to bring forward its plans to try the 2016 frame in the test, with Vinales immediately feeling better on the bike – though could only finish 12th after encountering an issue with his rear tyre. “The feeling with the chassis was great,” said Vinales. “Already in the first lap (in warm–up) I did a 1m32s low, then on the second lap I was already one second faster – something I hadn’t been able to do all weekend. “So already I was feeling great, and maybe I pushed too early and too much for the feeling, because I was feeling good. “In the race, I think we had some issues with the rear tyre. “The feeling I had with the rear was that the tyre was not working well, a lot of vibration at the end of the race. So I didn’t want to risk any more than was necessary. “I’m happy, because the chassis was working really well this morning.

Valentino Rossi labelled Tuesday’s test day at Valencia as “positive” after he posted the fourth fastest time using Yamaha’s 2016 M1. We need to work. But I confirm that I ’m able to go faster with the old bike .

Having reverted, alongside Vinales, to the 2016 chassis for the final race of the season at Valencia, Rossi continued to work on the older specification in the test. "The '16 [ bike ] is not enough, we need to work, but I confirm that I am able to go faster with the old bike ."

Both Rossi and Vinales used the 2016 chassis to set their best times on the first day of testing, with the Spaniard topping the times with a 1m30.189s while Rossi was just four tenths back.

Rossi says the team was able to find good ‘balance’ with the bike, though admits more still has to be done to cure rear tyre degradation – a common issue for the factory Yamaha riders in 2016.

“The day was not so bad, we continued to work, we have a bit more time to work on the 2016 chassis and I feel good, I feel strong,”

“The day was quite positive because I have a good pace, and also with new tyres I can make a good laptime. I am in P4, so not far from the top.

“And also the feeling with the bike is quite positive, we are bale to find the right balance, but the problem is like we know, we have some problems of rear tyre degradation.

Rossi will decide MotoGP future 'after some races' in 2018

  Rossi will decide MotoGP future 'after some races' in 2018 Valentino Rossi says a decision will not be made on his MotoGP future past 2018 until several races have passed next year. The nine-time world champion signed a two-year extension with Yamaha prior to the Qatar Grand Prix last year, with many speculating that this contract could be his last in grand prix racing. However, the Italian – who is coming to the end of his 21st year in grand prix racing – has still proven a competitive force in the premier class, winning three races in the last two seasons and finishing runner-up in the standings to Marc Marquez in 2016. Rossi has always maintained that he will carry on past 2018 so long as he is still able to fight at the front, and once again reiterated this point prior to this weekend’s season finale in Valencia. “I think after some races next year (I will make a decision),” Rossi said on Thursday. “Because at the end of the next season the contract finish. “I have to see my speed, if we are competitive. We have to make good work with the bike, and after some races we can speak with Yamaha and decide if continue or not.” Rossi looking towards ‘important’ winter Rossi and Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales have struggled with the 2017 YZR-M1, particularly with its chassis. The team has introduced two chassis updates across the season, including a prototype 2018 frame, in order to cure its grip issues in high temperatures and in wet conditions.

Having reverted, alongside Vinales, to the 2016 chassis for the final race of the season at Valencia, Rossi continued to work on the older specification in the test. "The '16 [ bike ] is not enough, we need to work, but I confirm that I am able to go faster with the old bike ."

Having reverted, alongside Vinales, to the 2016 chassis for the final race of the season at Valencia, Rossi continued to work on the older specification in the test. "The '16 [ bike ] is not enough, we need to work, but I confirm that I am able to go faster with the old bike ."

“The ’16 is not enough, we need to work. But I can confirm that I cam able to go faster with the old bike.”

Rossi‘s day was interrupted by a fast crash at Turn 10 just under two hours into the session.

The Italian is unsure why the crash happened, and reveals the bike was fitted with a prototype 2018 engine which he was unable to use for the rest of the day.

“The first priority was the engine, that is the first prototype of the 2018 engine, but unfortunately I did two laps and I crashed.

“I hope that they are able to fix and we can use the engine tomorrow, so I can understand.

“I was already two and a half laps, so I push, lose the front, I don’t know if I was a little bit out of the line or (the tyre) was cold, I don’t know.”

a close up of Valentino Rossi: MotoGP Tests In Valencia © Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images Sport MotoGP Tests In Valencia

Vinales laments 'impossible' brake issues after poor qualifying .
Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales blamed his 13th in MotoGP qualifying for Valencia Grand Prix on issues under braking, and branded his situation ‘impossible’ to solve. Vinales was forced to go into the first part of qualifying for the second time in four races, and once again failed to progress through to Q2 – the Spaniard lining up 13th after a lap of 1m31.030s. The Spaniard has struggled all weekend to get his factory YZR–M1 stopped, as well as turned, and has been left at a loss as to why his team cannot resolve the problem. “If you can ask Yamaha, it’s better,” Autosport.com reported the Spaniard as saying. “I have no explanation. We are in the wrong place, we have the wrong set-up and the more we do, the bike is doing the same. “The problem comes from the brakes, the brakes are so difficult to stop and then as soon as I lean a little bit I go straight. “I don’t turn in the corner, I go straight, so this is the biggest issue. “I had this problem in many, many races, but this is the narrowest track, the track you need to stop more the bike, so the problem is increased. “When something is not working, if you ride out, if the bike doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. “You try, but you are in 1m30s you can go 30 low, 30 high, but when you are in the 1m32s it is something impossible that it can work.

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