Rossi’s comment about 3 days Sepang test. Positive result but you have no idea what will happen in the race. Let’s see how his story end..
source from @birtymotogp
Rossi thoughts on Sepang day 3: “I have tried to modify my style a little bit so I am not stressing too much the tyres on the edge and try to stay more out off the bike and study the way to improve. With one year more experience of the M1 I can work on these details because before I wasn’t at the limit of the bike and I have to concentrate on something else. Now I feel good.”
Long run today
“It was good and I am happy. Marquez was a lot faster but he did it in the morning when the track is faster but we have to work, especially in the first laps. I have some problem and I am not able to use all the potential of the new tyres but after my pace is constant and not so bad.”
How can you close the gap?
“Working in every area like braking and acceleration but especially to use the tyres in a better way without stressing too much.”
“We worked a lot on this and the bike has become a bit more difficult to ride and a bit more nervous, but for my riding style it is not a big problem. The fuel consumption is already positive and it is just the first test, so I hope that we can improve more.”
Espargaro fast, you want more fuel and less electronics like Open class?
“I think the potential of the Open bikes is very impressive. Also in the simulation because Espargaro was very fast. But it is him. He is in a very good shape and he is able to bring the bike at the very limit. And more fuel with less electronics is a good idea for everybody. I feel good with my bike but I want it with 24 litres.”
Last year problem was first two laps, how do you improve that?
“We made a simulation and we will make more because with the new tyre I am a bit in trouble, especially in braking. The situation looks better but we still have to improve to start very fast like Jorge was able to do last year.”
“Today is positive because I did 2.00.4 and I improve from yesterday by close to 0.5s. I stay 0.5s from Marquez and he is very strong and the guy that made the difference because the next few are very close on the lap time and also the pace. We tried to work also with the new tyres and I expect that they are better but in reality we have some problems that we have to fix with our bike. We also did a lot of tests for the fuel consumption because the engine becomes a bit more nervous and the connection when you are on the edge is a bit more rough, so we have to make the right balance.”
Issue with the new tyres for Yamaha
“Sincerely I expected to go faster but the bike is like it is a little bit out of balance and it gives us some vibration. It is not a big difference but it is a pity because I expect to go faster and we have to work.”
JL has more problem than you with the feeling from the engine, is that down to riding style?
“Maybe Jorge is suffering a bit more than me but it is only the second and I am in front of him but only by 0.1s. The pace is very close to and so there is not a big difference. We are more or less at the same level but I am happy and I like the bike also like this. But it is very critical and we have to improve.”
Espargaro fast on the Open Yamaha
“For me it is quite impressive that bike is so fast. It is not just the bike because Espargaro in his career doesn’t win a lot but in the last years he has improved very much. Last year he did great with Aprilia and it looks like he is ready to bring at the limit in MotoGP. And I am worried because maybe Yamaha too much of a good bike. But it is early and we have to see in a simulation and for me the softer tyre helps a lot for the lap time and the 24-litres. But I think it will be interesting, especially in the qualifying on Saturday if somebody with a MotoGP bike doesn’t make the perfect lap, they could start behind two or three Open bikes.”
Bradl said he hopes to beat you
“I hope to remain in front.”
Rossi on day 1 in Sepang: “It is a positive first day and I am so happy because I am second but especially the level of the lap time is positive and already very good. A 2.00.8 is very good for the first day and I am happy because I already tried the 2014 bike in Valencia but Yamaha has worked a lot for me and to help me in braking and they bring some other details that help me to stop the bike and that was my main problem last year. I am so happy about this and the atmosphere in the team is good and I am very happy about the work of Silvano (Galbusera). It is just the first day but today I was strong. I had a good pace and also strong on the time attack. But if I want to be more competitive and fight with the top three we have to improve.”
Different to work with Silvano than JB
“It is a bit different but I needed this change, even if it is a great pity not to have Jerry. It is just the first day but I am happy. Speaking Italian is easier and the motivation is high.”
Surprise pick given his lack of MotoGP experience
“It was a bet. But more from the outside. I wasn’t very worried about the technical preparation of Galbusera because I work with him on the superbike and sincerely what they do over there, if you take out all the electronics, it is very similar. Silvano is good with the computer and it is a good start but just a start.”
What changes have Yamaha made to help you in braking and how does it help?
“We have tried to improve the engine braking and the gearbox when I shift down and some more details on the front part of the bike to have more grip from the front tyre. They are small things but I feel better. The problem in braking was my main problem last year and we can improve more but we are in a good way. Also being the second year on the M1, it is better and I have a better feeling and I have to work to be stronger than last year.”
Deadline for future decision
“It is not a deadline but the first half of the season.”
Feeling now with 1 year experience of M1
“It is different than last year when I had to recover very much the feeling with the bike. This year I am already at home and it looks like this bike has very big potential, but to arrive at 100% is not easy.”