The nine-time grand prix title winner begins his twenty sixth season on the earth championship with the satellite tv for pc Yamaha squad Petronas SRT, changing new manufacturing facility staff rider Fabio Quartararo.
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Regardless of an initially difficult begin to testing – which he blamed on a weight steadiness setting which didn’t work and robbed him of grip – Rossi ended the pre-season eleventh general along with his best-ever lap of the Losail Circuit of a 1m53.993s.
When requested in regards to the positives he took from the check, he praised Yamaha’s efforts over the winter – whereas additionally noting the “good” ambiance inside his new staff.
“The optimistic is that Yamaha labored through the winter they usually deliver right here some good issues, like the brand new chassis and one thing good for the aerodynamics,” he mentioned.
“I feel they labored in a intelligent means, this is essential.
“And the second factor is the sensation with the brand new staff and with all my workers is gorgeous, the ambiance is nice.
“So, these two issues make me glad.
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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“For positive it’s troublesome as a result of there are numerous completely different riders and completely different bikes which are robust. However we’ll attempt to be there.”
Among the many new gadgets Yamaha delivered to the Qatar check, a brand new chassis – which has improved turning in comparison with the 2020 body – and a brand new aerodynamic fairing had been met with the best reward.
With manufacturing facility duo Quartararo and Maverick Vinales ending the check 2-3 on the mixed timesheets having proven a number of the strongest long term tempo, Yamaha does seem to have made good points on its problematic 2020 bike – although warning was urged, with Quartararo anticipating difficulties to come up when MotoGP heads to low-grip venues.
When requested by Autosport if the 2021 Yamaha was the perfect bike the Japanese marque has began a season with, Rossi responded: “For me, within the final years we’ve numerous issues to enhance.
“All of the stuff that arrived from Japan was not likely higher, and it seems to be like they work in a extra intelligent means [this year] and that is optimistic.
“However now we’ve to attend for the race weekend, and particularly the race as a result of if you end up altogether you might have numerous different elements.
“However the feeling with the bike is nice.”