Monster Energy Factory Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi said that he is encouraged by the efforts of the Yamaha factory, suggesting that he may have his first test on the 2020 Yamaha M1 at the post-race test in Brno.
Both Rossi and his factory Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales have been vocal in their criticism of Yamaha and their inability to fix reoccurring issues. After finishing this weekend’s French Grand Prix in Le Mans in fifth place, the Italian said that he is encouraged by what he is hearing.
“The positive thing is that finally, Yamaha is already talking about next year,” said ‘the Doctor’.
“In Japan they are already working on motorcycles and 2020 engines, maybe we will see the new M1 at the Brno tests.”
As well as issues with acceleration, Rossi said that he was struggling with top end speed all weekend, pointing out that he was the slowest rider through the speed traps over the weekend.
“Have you seen the maximum speeds? In this race I was last,” he said.
“Since 2004 the M1 suffers in a straight line, but now the difference is too big, because the opponents have improved. As if that were not enough, for some reason I am the slowest of all the Yamaha riders.”
After his victory today, Marc Marquez sits 23 points clear of Rossi in the World Championship after just five races, when asked about his chances of a historic tenth title. Rossi issued praise to his bitter rival and what he is currently doing.
“Marc is the biggest problem of all,” said Rossi. “Let’s face it, without the crash in Austin, he would have already won four of five races, losing the other one on the last corner.
“So it’s tough for everyone, Marquez is the one who is strong and does it at every track in every condition.”