Yamaha Motogp Testing Review Pushing the Limits of Potential

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The proof is clear: the MotoGP World champion Fabio Quartararo. Quartararo won five races, more than anyone else, and five fastest laps. He also had five poles, one less than Pecco Bagnaia. So the bike was good, despite the Chaos elsewhere that made it different. Quartararo was the only constant in. Valentino Rossi never managed to cope with the new Michelin stars and, despite his assurances, He was never the same when He returned from his action with the recent weather.

Maverick Viñales won one race, took another Podium and a Pole, but he also became the last, trying to sabotage his engine and leaving Yamaha for Austria. Franco Morbidelli tore a knee ligament on a flat track bike, missed most of the Season and was still not quite fit when he returned. And the Petronas team saw a real parade of characters take Morbidelli’s place, culminating with Andrea Dovizioso, who is still struggling to adapt to the Yamaha and Michelin rear tire that he never liked.

The Yamaha M1 had an obvious weakness. He was moving slowly in a straight line. This is nothing new: the Yamaha was always slow in a straight line, but usually good enough to hold up: the Yamaha was the only bike to beat Marc Márquez in a championship when Márquez was racing. Sometimes the lack of top speed made the Yamaha uncompetitive, as was the case that year. But he was usually fast enough to spend time with the fastest motorcycles and take advantage of his strengths.

These strengths are well known: the ability to withstand cornering speeds that everyone thinks are dead, except for the Suzuki. The fate of the Yamaha usually depends on its ability to generate propulsion at the exit from the corner, then to brake before entering the corner. This is exactly what the new Yamaha M1, launched this year, has done best, although it took a year of refinement to make the bike competitive everywhere.

What the Yamaha M1 did well was to get out of the corners early, a side effect of the speed in the corners, which meant that the bikes were one step ahead in the straights, leaving behind the fastest bikes, especially the Ducati, who needed a much longer straight to catch up with them And what the M1 did particularly well, especially in the hands of Fabio Quartararo, were the brakes and the entry into the corners.

The fact that Quartararo was not only competitive in both races in Austria, but that he won a victory testifies to the power of the bike on the brakes, which relied on Spielberg’s phenomenal straights. As for what the Yamaha riders were asking about the bike, the answer was obvious: more power and more top speed. And it seems that Yamaha has brought this to them.

Unfortunately for Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha’s extra power is only enough to keep up with the progress of other motorcycles, but not to make up the deficit. The Yamaha allows its riders to walk on the water instead of swimming to the shore.

“We have it for the Season,” Fabio Quartararo told Mandalika. “I mean, maybe we can find something, but this is our norm, last year we averaged 9 km / h, today we are at 9 km / h. So we have not gone any further.”This left the Yamaha riders somewhere in the middle of silent despair and resignation.

After the first day of testing the Mandalika, when the track was cleaned, Fabio Quartararo said: “here, once the track was in order, I also understand, so in the end I would say that I don’t need time to see Yamaha’s situation. I know this And I know the behavior of the bike during the first Test.”

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