Valentino Rossi asks for more power for the 2020 engine and more. "Different situation, but time is needed to fill the gap with Honda and Ducati".
Valentino Rossi starts the last race of the season in Valencia, a track that has always been unfriendly and where the last victory dates back to 2004. One of the worst vintages for the Tavullia driver is about to end, and unlike Vinales he has not been able to make the most of technical improvements. Only two podiums in Argentina and Texas, four wooden medals, the last in Sepang, after a good challenge with Dovizioso. Another podium missed due to lack of top speed. And when you start chasing it becomes difficult to overtake with this M1.
Iwata technicians have been working on a new engine specification for some time. In the Brno summer test he made his unofficial debut, collecting little support from Valentino Rossi. A second specification debuted in the Misano test: better sensations, but not yet what the drivers are looking for. 48 hours later Valencia should get a third specification that allows a good four-cylinder power injection. "Yamaha, like the other manufacturers, is also able to build a powerful engine"Commented the nine-time world champion. "But the problem is that you need regular power on a motorcycle. You need a lot of power, but it must also be easy to control, which is very difficult".
ROSSI AGAINST TIME
The Honda affair demonstrates that an overly aggressive engine could create many problems of driveability, above all when cornering. But Yamaha technicians are investing, and a lot, in the electronics department and beyond. "It takes a lot of engineers, time and money – added Valentino Rossi -. Honda and Ducati have taken a big step forward in the engine, maybe we need time. But Yamaha can do everything because it is very large and has a big budget. It depends on how busy Yamaha is, they seem to have realized that we need to get stronger".
After a gap of four years there is a desire to return to the top of MotoGP. To do this we need adequate financial resources and the Japanese are doing their utmost on this. The time to bridge the gap between Honda and Ducati may not be enough from here to the start of the World Championship. The opponents are not watching, but something has changed in the team since the summer break. "The situation is different now and there is a positive mood, because we have young engineers who are pushing"Concluded Valentino Rossi. "I think we need time, but we hope we can become more competitive".