As it’s known that Yamaha is struggling for a while with electronics, its developments are in the doldrums compared to the rival manufacturers. The opponents, Honda and Ducati, have gained substantially throughout the year. Its, somewhat, more clear to recognize the debacle of M1’s after Ducati getting passed them in world championship standings.
2017 Assen TT was the last victory for Yamaha in recent times, where Rossi topped the podium. So, it’s a very huge dwell in their tally.
Valentino Rossi, once said, "It feels like a lifetime ago since we won a race.”
Tech 3 rider, Johann Zarco, reckons his two year old Yamaha machine, "If you try to slow down to have better acceleration, the bike doesn't have acceleration so then I don't know where can I go.”
After an impulsive result in Thailand, Rossi has told club moguls not to rest on the results.
“This is unfortunately a risk [that Yamaha thinks it has solved its problems], but it is a losing mentality,” Valentino said.
He added, “So many times our engineers are happy if Maverick can make a good time in testing, they say, ‘we got it!’
“If I were a Yamaha engineer, I would analyze the results of the second part of the season and I would not be happy about one fast lap or a front row.”
Rossi claims the grip on the Thailand tarmac might have helped improve the M1’s performance.
He added: “On paper this track is not a Yamaha track.
To affirm the bike’s package, all eyes on the Yamaha for Motegi race in upcoming weekend. Rossi feels optimistic about Japan and said, “Usually, Motegi is a good track for me, I like it. I hope that it will be dry because last year it was a nightmare, always wet. But we’ll see. We’ll see in the next three, not just in Japan because if it’s the reality that we improved the bike, we have to be competitive in the next three because now Honda and Ducati are stronger every race.”
Meanwhile, Factory Yamaha had made investments on its troubles and recruited designers like Gadda to beeline for the remedies. Let’s hope for Yamaha to be fighting for victories with Ducati’s and Honda’s.