Maverick Vinales reinforces Valentino Rossi’s opinion about Yamaha engines for 2020 MotoGP. There are good developments, but not enough to rival Honda and Ducati.
Vinales recorded a pretty good result on the two-day Valencia MotoGP test on Tuesday-Wednesday (19-20 November 2019) yesterday. He finished second on the first day, then became the fastest the following day.
However, the time record is not everything in the preseason test. Because the riders take advantage of this moment to start testing the brand-new motorbike prepared for the 2020 season.
Yamaha in this period directed the focus to the development of brand-new engines and chassis. This Japanese manufacturer carries the mission of increasing peak speed to compete with Honda and Ducati, plus improving traction which has become a big issue in the last two seasons.
Yamaha has given a third version of the engine to its riders. Vinales felt there was an increase, but overall still lagged a few km / h from rivals. Something similar has previously been revealed by Rossi.
“Certainly we need a little more power. There has been a little extra, but not enough. Our competitors are still far ahead so we need to continue working in the area and try not to lose in other sectors,” Vinales was quoted as saying by Crash.
“The difference is still 8 km/hour. I use a lot of slipstreams to try to understand whether the speed is better or not. In the slipstream, I feel much better because the engine continues to pull the motor, not like last year, so I’m quite happy.”
“But there is still a consistent top-speed distance from lap to lap, around 5-6 km/hr, so we are trying to catch up with it. But the plan of this test is to get information about the engine so that Yamaha can make another step,”
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