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MotoGP: Rossi: We have to concentrate on the engine

"We have to concentrate on the engine, in acceleration. Try to have a good exit from the corner" - Valentino Rossi.
While his new team-mate Maverick Vinales was topping the timesheets, Valentino Rossi spent the second and final day at the Valencia MotoGP test evaluating the latest Yamaha developments.

Second quickest behind Vinales on day one, Rossi was seventh on the Wednesday timesheets, 0.734s from the young Spaniard's 1m 29.975s best.

"Today we made a lot of laps [69] and we compared the new bike with the old bike, the new engine with the new chassis. We have a lot of work [to do] for sure, especially about the engine, but also about the chassis," Rossi said.

"The first feeling with the chassis is good, but it needs something different in the setting. So we need a little bit more time to understand the balance. But next week we will have another test, in Sepang, a completely different track."

Asked to pick the most important area to improve, Rossi - who was 13th on the top speed charts - stated: "We have to concentrate on the engine, in acceleration. Try to have a good exit from the corner.

"The feeling with the engine is very similar [to yesterday]. Is just the first step, but the first impression is not a huge improvement so we need to work. I hope that for Malaysia I will have some other stuff."

While Yamaha will test at Sepang next week, their rivals will take part in a private test at Jerez before the winter test ban begins on December 1.

By Peter McLaren

Tagged as: Valentino Rossi

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November 17, 2016 11:41 AM

kingfish: Odd, Maverick doesn't have that problem hahahahaha! ahole VR. He will never be champion again.
Wasn't MV on the '16 bike. VR was talking bout the new 17 bike? Yesterday VR was on the '16 bike where he was equal to MV...


November 17, 2016 1:21 PM

The situation is far more complex than most people realize and than we have seen during these past two days at Valencia. First of all, in 2017, winglets will be banned so this will represent a solid problem for the Ducati. Straightline speed and acceleration are in direct correlation to anti-wheelie control, when there's no wheelie, there's no need for ignition cut, hence, more power and speed! That's why the Ducati is so fast, especially this year. Also, this year's Magneti Marelli electronics is something that was completely new to Yamaha and Honda but not to Ducati. Look at Honda's problems with acceleration, it is not just due to this year's engine performance. Honda was once, not long ago, much faster than Yamaha but this year they had all sorts of problems. I'm afraid that we will have to wait for "Sepang 2" before we can draw any conclusions for 2017...

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