Valentino Rossi: "Bike of 2016 will be the basis for 2018" | Valentino Rossi Blog

Friday, December 1, 2017

Valentino Rossi: "Bike of 2016 will be the basis for 2018"

MotoGP star Valentino Rossi looks back on the 2017 season, talks about the Yamaha private test in Sepang and his new bike, which is an evolution of the 2016 model.

Together with his Yamaha team-mate Maverick Viñales and Tech3 Yamaha talent Johann Zarco, MotoGP star Valentino Rossi were on the slopes again on 27 and 28 November. The nine-time champion moved in with the chassis of 2016, as he revealed in a conversation with radio "Deejay". "The test went well, we tried the bike with the 2016 Chassis and came to the conclusion that this year's prototype was worse," said Rossi.

With a view to the 2018 bike, the 38-year-old exceptional from Tavullia remains cautious. "We have to wait and see what the new machine will be like. It will certainly be interesting because the bike is the basis of 2016. This is an important phase and Yamaha has to take a step forward, "Rossi continued.

In retrospect, the 115-time GP winner regrets that his team continued with the 2017 prototype in spite of his problems that appeared right at the beginning. "The problem was that Viñales was strong with this bike from the start. I tried it and did not feel well. But I thought that was because I was not in such good shape at the end of the season, and we continued this project, which was a mistake. "

When asked what did not work well on the 2017 bike, Rossi answers, "What was wrong? We've done a lot of research to find out, and I think we had a hard time in those situations where there were little grip and high temperatures. In the first three races of the season, which took place outside of Europe, we had a lot of grips and we were in Qatar at night. That's why the problems really started in Jerez. "

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