Monster Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi needs the massive top-speed gap between his M1 and the Ducati and Yamaha MotoGP contenders at least halved for next season.
At some races this year, Rossi and team-mate Maverick Vinales have been upwards of 15km/h slower than Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso, which is a lot to make up under braking and corner exit, especially when you have a bike the struggles on worn tyres.
“We have improved, but we are still a long way off. We are seven to eight seconds in races, the other bikes do 12km/h more on the straight. We will not be strong like Ducati on the straight, but we must work to at least halve the gap,” said Rossi.
It is thought Yamaha might bring a carbon swingarm to Misano tomorrow in an effort to help with the M1’s tyre wear problem, which was evident for Rossi at Silverstone.
“I ask many times, and I think and I hope the carbon swingarm can help us. So I hope Yamaha can bring it as soon as possible. We don’t have a very clear situation, but I hope and I think it won’t be long before we see it.”
Silverstone FP4 top speeds
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 333.3
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL HONDA 332.3
63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing DUCATI 329.2
53 Tito RABAT SPA Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 326.2
93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 326.2
41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 325.3
43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing DUCATI 325.3
9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 323.3
42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR SUZUKI 323.3
44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 323.3
99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 323.3
21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT YAMAHA 322.3
29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 322.3
88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 322.3
12 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 321.4
46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 321.4
55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 321.4
30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU HONDA 320.4
5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 319.5
20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT YAMAHA 319.5
50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR SUZUKI 319.5
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 312.1