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MotoGP: Evolution not revolution pays off for Yamaha

“Our evolution rather than revolution approach has paid off this year, because Honda has clearly developed a bike that is more difficult to ride”
After being hammered by Honda during the 2014 MotoGP season, Yamaha resisted the temptation to make radical changes to its YZR-M1.

Instead, Yamaha Motor Racing managing director Lin Jarvis explained that process of evolution laid the groundwork for this year's triple crown of the MotoGP Riders', Teams' and Constructors' titles.

The identity of the Riders' champion is still to be decided, but is guaranteed to be either Valentino Rossi or team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. At Phillip Island, Crash.net asked Jarvis how closely the multiple world champions had worked on development of this year's all-conquering bike.

“I would say that Jorge and Vale working alongside each other is probably a better description than working together,” Jarvis explained. “They work alongside each other, together with the engineers, and the engineers are able to listen to these two incredible riders - with slightly different riding styles - and make progress step-by-step-by-step.

“This [success] started midway through last season, after we were destroyed by Marc Marquez in the first ten races. Then our engineers had to improve a lot the bike and we already did it in the second half of last year.

“Fortunately our evolution rather than revolution approach has paid off this year because Honda has clearly developed a bike that is more difficult to ride than ours. There is no question. So that's to our advantage as well.

“This is all part of the game: It's not just a rider sport, it's also a sport where the team cannot make errors and the manufacturer has to develop a great bike. Today, as you know, we won the constructors' title. Our second title of the year.

“So that's done and the riders' title is guaranteed, so it's been a great year and the only thing that remains is to find out if it'll be 46 or 99.”

Rossi is eleven points ahead of Lorenzo with two rounds, and 50 points, remaining.



Tagged as: Yamaha , Lorenzo , Valentino Rossi

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99Bunny

October 21, 2015 4:53 PM
Last Edited 9 days ago

Blazin: Lorenzo got the full benefits of the Rossi developed M1. Why didn't Lorenzo win in 2013 and 2014?
Have you totally lost it, jorge got valentino's developed bike during 2008-2010. Jorge had developed the bike after that. I'm sure you haven't seen "hitting the apex", it was clearly said rossi was asked by yamaha to hand over the development to jorge & accept number 2 status & to take a pay-cut. Valentino left for ducati. In 2011 yamaha had more or less the 2010 bike & was way down on power compared to the seamless equipped honda. Still jorge finished 2nd on that & in 2013 he missed the sachsenring race due to injury and so he lost to marc by 4 points. He was unlucky as he crashed only 2 times that season & injured his collarbone twice while marc on the other hand crashed 15 times (inc fastest crash in history) and finished without a single broken bone. In 2014 bridgestone ruined the competition, nobody could challenge marc. So think before commenting.

TrueFan

October 21, 2015 4:33 PM

Yamaha is very obviously the bike to be on this year. The only rider that's ha problems has been Pol. We know he's had arm pump issues, but we don't know what else is wrong. Bradders on the other hand has been solid. Congratulations to the Yamaha engineers. They deserve to enjoy the success the team is having. As to the bike being down to the genius of Valentino Rossi, well I'll let the poor sods enjoy their delusion. Valentino has put in a great performance this year. I don't for a minute believe that it included any motorcycle design...



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