MotoGP: Rossi Enjoys “Better Feeling with the Bike” After Successful Jerez Test

Published on May 4, 2021
By Short Shift News

Valentino Rossi positively leaves Jerez after completing a successful Jerez Test at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto. The Doctor wrapped up the day in 12th place, 0.821 off Maverick Viñales’ chart-topping time.

After a disastrous Spanish Grand Prix, Valentino Rossi leaves the Jerez circuit in high spirits following a positive test.

Rossi, who finished 17th in Sunday’s Grand Prix, focused on improving the feeling with his YZR-M1, more specifically improvements in braking and rear grip, two factors that hindered the Italian’s charge through the back on Sunday’s 25 lap race.

The 42-year-old bettered the time he managed in Qualifying by two tenths and drastically improved his race pace. Rossi now hopes that his “better feeling with the bike” will carry across to Le Mans in two weeks.

“Today was a good test for me because we improved the feeling with the bike, the pace with the race tyre and in the time attack. It was a long day because the conditions were good, so we did a lot of laps. The team and I worked on the balance of the bike, the settings and we can see the improvements, as I was better under braking and in corner entry. We also have some other new bits for the bike, which is good and helps. I’m happy because we were able to improve today, after a difficult weekend, and I have a much better feeling with the bike. It is just a one-day test, we need to see what happens at Le Mans but I am leaving here with a good feeling.”

Valentino Rossi – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT

Franco Morbidelli also had a positive test in Spain. The third-place finisher focussed on new parts by Yamaha and, like his team-mate, aimed to improve the feeling in the braking zone. Like Rossi, Morbidelli hopes the feeling with his M1 will transfer to France.

“We had the opportunity today to work with some new parts and provide my feedback on them, which is nice, but we mostly focused on trying to improve the braking. It was an area that I didn’t have a perfect feeling with, so it was something we could look to better and I think we have found something today that has improved my feeling under braking, so this is good. I hope that the things that we have found here also work in Le Mans. It will be important to do a good job there and I hope that we continue to be strong going forwards, I will be trying my best to be.”

Franco Morbidelli – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT


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