Multiple MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has admitted he didn’t adapt quickly enough to the demands of the class in 2019 and was left behind by the likes of Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso.
The Doctor, who spent time trying to make new parts work while team-mate Maverick Vinales ditched them, says a different way of riding was needed this season and he didn’t get it in time.
“This year for some reason the riding style of the top riders improved. It’s like with the new bike, new electronics and different tyres, you need to ride in another way for finding the limit,” said Rossi.
“So very much braking, so try to brake in another way. Using the rear brake for example. But in general I try to be fast without stressing much the rear tyre. This is the beginning, the bigger start for everybody.
We have improved the bike a little with the electronics and acceleration and therefore we are a little more competitive.
“As far as stress on the rear tyre is concerned, we are even worse than the Honda and Ducati. Some like me suffer the most from this, and others less like Quartararo, but at the end of the race we are always a bit in difficulty.
“Then we always miss the top speed on the straight, but we keep it until the end of the year. But in general it seems that our bikes go quite well, let’s see if we can continue.”