Rossi: Yamaha engineers listen to riders but do what they want

Valentino Rossi says Yamaha’s Japanese engineers take on board feedback from its MotoGP riders, but tend to “do what they want” anyway with the bike. 

Rossi: Yamaha engineers listen to riders but do what they want
Listen to this article

Yamaha scored the most wins of any manufacturer on the grid in 2020, with Fabio Quartararo and Petronas SRT teammate Franco Morbidelli tallying up six, while factory team rider Maverick Vinales scored the seventh.

But Morbidelli is riding what Yamaha terms the ‘A-spec’ M1, which is effectively the 2019 version, and ended up top Yamaha runner in the standings 13 points behind champion Joan Mir in second. 

The top 2020 M1 was that of Vinales in sixth, while Quartararo slumped to eighth after the Portuguese Grand Prix finale having led the championship for much of the season. 

Rossi, Quartararo and Vinales were all critical of the 2020-spec M1, in particular its lack of engine power, persisting rear grip problems and a general lack of consistency from race to race.

When asked if he will be involved in development of the M1 in 2021 despite switching to SRT, Rossi admits he’s not sure he was very involved in 2020 and highlighted the main problem with Yamaha’s engineering staff. 

“I think that I will be involved like this year,” Rossi said. 

“So, doesn’t change a lot. We need to understand if this year I’m very involved or not. I don’t know.

“Sincerely, what I can do is give all my experience and try to say what for me we need. 

“But more or less we have similar problems from a lot of time, so I think next year doesn’t change a lot. 

“I think anyway the Japanese [engineers] hears what the riders’ comment, but in the end they do what they want. 

“They have already in mind what they want to do.”

Read Also:

While both Vinales and Quartararo have repeatedly stated the 2019 Yamaha was a better bike, Rossi has always maintained the difference compared to the 2020-spec wasn’t all that great and feels the biggest factor in Morbidelli’s form has been the 26-year-old’s growth as a rider.

Rossi will have current-spec machinery with factory support at SRT in 2021, while Morbidelli will remain on the ‘A-spec’ model despite finishing 2020 as top Yamaha rider. 

shares
comments
Suzuki was “very worried” following disastrous MotoGP return
Previous article

Suzuki was “very worried” following disastrous MotoGP return

Next article

Morbidelli: ‘A-spec’ Yamaha not an advantage in 2021

Morbidelli: ‘A-spec’ Yamaha not an advantage in 2021
How in-form Quartararo is evoking Marquez in MotoGP 2022 Prime

How in-form Quartararo is evoking Marquez in MotoGP 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success.

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
Why Marquez's surgery is about more than just chasing on-track success Prime

Why Marquez's surgery is about more than just chasing on-track success

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Prime

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Motorsport.com, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock of Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Prime

The seismic aftershock of Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. We analyse what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP's Spanish GP Prime

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP's Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How praise for Honda's MotoGP bike has given way to doubt Prime

How praise for Honda's MotoGP bike has given way to doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022
Why Quartararo's win was vital not only for his title hopes Prime

Why Quartararo's win was vital not only for his title hopes

Fabio Quartararo got his MotoGP title defence off the ground in the Portuguese Grand Prix as a dominant first win of 2022 rocketed him to the top of the standings. While a significant result in terms of his title hopes, it has come at an even more important time in terms of his 2023 contract negotiations

MotoGP
Apr 25, 2022
The MotoGP rookie fighting two fronts in his debut year Prime

The MotoGP rookie fighting two fronts in his debut year

Darryn Binder has found himself in the unenviable position as MotoGP's most under-pressure rookie in 2022 having made the step directly from Moto3 with a reputation as an over-aggressive rider. This hasn't been an easy thing to shake at the start of the season, but he believes tangible progress is being made

MotoGP
Apr 18, 2022