It’s been 22 races that Yamaha last won a race in MotoGP Premier Class racing. Since his winless streak at Ducati this Valentino Rossi’s second worst winless streak. Dutch TT 2017 was the last time around when MotoGP saw ‘The Doctor’ on top step of the podium. For his teammate winless streak goes beyond the Dutch GP i.e. to French GP 2017
The vows Yamaha is facing can simply be understand by the times they did in Austrian GP ,all teams went faster than their last years’ time, but Yamaha could not manage that. So the improvement they made from last year to this is nil.
The qualifying performance at Austrian GP made Yamaha apologies to the riders after Valentino Rossi couldn’t make it into Q2 and multiple sensor failures halted his running during free practice sessions. Yamaha technical director Kouji Tsuya held a press conference after Saturday’s qualifying - confessed about Yamaha not being on the level of other teams and they owe an apology to their riders for not providing them with the right equipment.
But again when it comes to race day Rossi always find something and he finished the race sixth after starting from 5th row of the grid and he said:
“This morning we found something that I liked. I wasn’t faster but I was able to keep my pace more consistent and use the rear tyre less. I started well but I was I in riders pack. We will try to improve for next week.”
When asked about Kouji Tsuya statement he replied, "I'm not the one who has to assess if apologies were necessary or not. I would like them to improve the bike instead"
According to Rossi Yamaha is facing both engine and electronics issues and they doing their best to make sure to solve all the problems for rest of the year and now they are sorting out the plan for next year as well.
With the introduction of SIC Yamaha hopefully for next year Team will have a strong foundation to develop the bike on and can improve pace with every coming weekend.