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Rossi: No further 2009 M1 development.

Valentino Rossi has revealed that Yamaha has now shelved development of the 2009 YZR-M1 and turned attention to the 2010 model.

Rossi and Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo are first and second in the 2009 MotoGP World Championship with six rounds to go - with the effective top non-Yamaha rider (following Casey Stoner's withdraw) Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who is over three race wins behind.

“At the Brno test we worked a lot for next year but not for the last six races,” he confirmed. “So in the last part of this season the bike will remain the same.

“We tried the new version of the M1 with a different chassis and we also tried a slightly different [long life] engine for next year to make more kilometers,” Rossi continued. “We got some data and the lap time was not so bad... we will work on the 2010 bikes on Tuesday after [the final race at] Valencia.”

By switching development fully to 2010, Rossi is confident that Yamaha can remain at the front of MotoGP and avoid the fate of F1 giants McLaren and Ferrari.

McLaren and Ferrari fought down to the wire for the 2008 world championship, developing their cars relentlessly until the final race of the season in pursuit for title glory - but then struggled badly for most of this season, against smaller teams which began preparing much earlier.

“It's a little bit like what happened in Formula One last year,” said Rossi. “Ferrari and McLaren worked very much on their car to fight for the ['08] championship, but at the end, they are in the delay for this year.”

As in F1, MotoGP winter testing has been heavily reduced since the end of 2008 to save costs.



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monster

August 28, 2009 7:45 AM
Last Edited 2660 days ago

"valentino Lorenzo" Yes Rossi is a great test rider with JB's help As was Doohan with JB's help And Gardener with JB's help And Spencer with Kanamoto/JB's help JB has been behind every Honda W.C. (except Haydens) since 1985. Obviously he needs a good rider, but his influence behind the scenes is immeasurable

Valentino Lorenzo - Unregistered

August 28, 2009 7:16 AM

The M1 is what it is today because of Burgess AND Rossi. They have great communication together. Rossi has great ability to explain the characteristics of the bike. And Burgess can build on his inputs with his expert engineering methods. I don't care much for Casey as I knew that he was only great because he had a tire and hp advantage over Yamaha in previous season. As for Pedrosa, if the team can translate his inputs into forward progress of the bike, they'd be fighting for first. Rossi is not only a great rider, but a great test rider as well.



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