Can Yamaha ballast themselves to bounce back in 2019?
The M1 tends to suffer in 5 major areas to gain its momentum and alleviate its drought for victory. Let’s see experts’ views on how they are improving!
After Maverick Vinales clinching a victory at Philip Island, which breaks longest-ever MotoGP win drought and only victory in 2018, factory Yamaha also seen one of the worst ever season so far in their history of MotoGP.
Even though their riders had a decent places in the championship tables but still teams’ standings in manufacturers’ table been dropped out of top two teams since 2007.
So, the total burden completely falls on the engineering department of the team and the Yamaha’s project leader Kouji Tsuya made a public apology.
Valentino Rossi, one of the star rider of Yamaha, has revealed information about improvements about last tests at Jerez and said it’s not satisfactory, " In recent times, especially in the last year and a half, the technical situation in MotoGP has changed a lot. Ducati was the first to take a step forward for the amount of people and engineers available. Close to Formula1, even though it is still very distant, Honda has followed in the footsteps of the Ducati. If you want to win in MotoGP now, you have to make this effort and see if Yamaha will do it."
“I have not seen the steps forward we need, the problems were more or less same as the previous bike.”
Eric de Seynes, boss of Yamaha Europe, consulted by paddock-gp.com, gave different opinion: "I know that our Factory team is working hard for this goal and I am confident that the efforts will be reflected on the results. We have already seen in the last GP of the season that our bikes and our drivers were there to win, whether it's Vinales, or Rossi."
For the top French manager, the situation is not dramatic: "the first winter tests went quite well, even for our new SIC Petronas satellite team. It should be kept in mind that we have a common electronic and single-supply tires, so the differences have been extremely reduced between the different teams. For 3/10 of a second you can be on top or be considered a danger."
Again, the doctor has said in the Monza Rally Show, "We hope to be more competitive than this year, that Yamaha will improve, so we can have fun. In particular we have to grow on 4-5 very important aspects. They're working on it, we need some more time."
With the hindsight from Rossi’s views, the Yamaha should edge their technology and get on top of the problems to fight with Honda and Ducati. There’s a valid chance for Suzuki, another Japanese manufacturer, making strides on their own in the recent years so will also be the competitors for Yamaha. Will see where Yamaha stands and their favors after initial test in this year!