Sport Rossi: Yamaha 'in trouble' in the wet at Motegi

14:40  13 october  2017
14:40  13 october  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Folger out of Japan and likely to miss remaining flyaway races with illness

  Folger out of Japan and likely to miss remaining flyaway races with illness Jonas Folger will miss this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix to return to Germany for medical checks due to illness, and will likely miss the remaining flyaway MotoGP races. The German complained of feeling weak during the Misano and Aragon races, and has seen his condition worsen since arriving to Japan for this weekend’s 15th round at Motegi. Having had to miss several Yamaha events this week, Folger went for a check-up at the Clinica Mobile at the circuit and was advised to return home to Germany to undergo blood tests – the Tech3 rider believes it could be Epstein Barr virus, which he has suffered with in the past. As a result, he will miss the race at Motegi and will likely be absent for the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix in the coming fortnight. “I came to Japan and was motivated for these three flyaway races, but I’ve been feeling really weak since the Misano and Aragon rounds,” he said. “On arrival here, I have been struggling with my energy levels; even leaving the hotel room was impossible for me. “Unfortunately, I had to miss some Yamaha events, which I’m very sorry for. “I met with Herve (Poncheral, Tech3 team boss) on Wednesday night and we agreed to go for a check with the doctors this morning. “I met with Dr Charte and the Clinica Mobile team and they have advised me to return to Germany right away for a series of blood tests.

MotoGP: Round #15 Movistar Yamaha Race Report - Motegi . Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi remained calm and collected in a tense and difficult race, to secure second place. Lorenzo had a good start to the wet race from pole.

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Valentino Rossi says Yamaha is in ‘trouble’ after a difficult opening day of practice at Motegi for the Japanese MotoGP, in which all three factory riders finished outside of the top 10.

The 2017 YZRM1 has struggled with a lack of traction in extremely hot conditions and in the wet this season, and while a prototype 2018 chassis introduced at Silverstone has aided with the former problem, its wet woes persist.

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Maverick Vinales ended the first session ninth, but was 1.5 seconds off the pace, while Rossi and factory wildcardKatsuykiNakasuga languished down in 19th and 23rd respectively.

Vinales: Our bike works well in these three races

  Vinales: Our bike works well in these three races Maverick Vinales believes Yamaha will be strong throughout MotoGP’s flyaway campaign, but anticipates a difficult weekend at Motegi should the weather play a part. This weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix is the first of three back–to–back races across the Pacific region, and serves as a crucial portion of the world championship battle with 75 points up for grabs in quick succession. Cast 28 point adrift after a difficult Aragon weekend, in which he finished fourth, Vinales is confident of being able to mount a fightback during the flyaway races after topping the timesheets at the Phillip Island and Sepang tests during the pre–season. However, with rain forecast, Vinales is aware he could be in for a tough weekend having struggled in wet conditions with the 2017 YZR–M1 this season. “We have to keep working on the bike, especially for the race,” said Vinales, who finished third on the Suzuki at Motegi in 2016. “This weekend is going to be difficult. If it doesn’t rain, we are going to give our best to try to bring the bike at the maximum. “Last year I felt quite strong here, especially in the race, so let’s see. I’m curious to start and for sure push at the 100 percent. “For sure I prefer that (three races back–to–back). All the years I’ve been quite strong on the overseas, and this year too we tried already. “In Australia I felt really good, in Malaysia also. So I have more positive points in Australia and Malaysia, but let’s see.

“I had the best pace in the dry and pushed hard in the wet , but the rain stopped and nullified my attempt to escape. 2015 MotoGP Motegi Results. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP.

[Movistar Yamaha ’s Valentino Rossi ][] (+8.573s) crossed the line in second to record his 14th podium of the season as he extended his lead over his Newly-crowned Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco put on a masterful display to take his seventh win of the season at the Twin Ring Motegi in the wet .

Vinales and Rossi finished second practice 11th and 12th in the standings, but were still missing 1.5s to session leader Andrea Dovizioso.

Rossi – who is still recovering from a broken right leg sustained at the end of August – said the team tried numerous alterations to the bike on Friday, but was still at a loss as to why his issue could not be resolved.

“Sincerely, we tried to do a lot of things with the bike, but we are in trouble,”

“And we don’t understand why, because last year I was very competitive in the wet.

“I had a good feeling with the old bike, but this year we are struggling. It’s something strange.

“We try to modify, but at the end we are quite far from the top and the bike is difficult to ride, and in general the problem is a bit like in the dry; we don’t have rear grip.

Vinales: Our bike works well in these three races

  Vinales: Our bike works well in these three races Maverick Vinales believes Yamaha will be strong throughout MotoGP’s flyaway campaign, but anticipates a difficult weekend at Motegi should the weather play a part. This weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix is the first of three back–to–back races across the Pacific region, and serves as a crucial portion of the world championship battle with 75 points up for grabs in quick succession. Cast 28 point adrift after a difficult Aragon weekend, in which he finished fourth, Vinales is confident of being able to mount a fightback during the flyaway races after topping the timesheets at the Phillip Island and Sepang tests during the pre–season. However, with rain forecast, Vinales is aware he could be in for a tough weekend having struggled in wet conditions with the 2017 YZR–M1 this season. “We have to keep working on the bike, especially for the race,” said Vinales, who finished third on the Suzuki at Motegi in 2016. “This weekend is going to be difficult. If it doesn’t rain, we are going to give our best to try to bring the bike at the maximum. “Last year I felt quite strong here, especially in the race, so let’s see. I’m curious to start and for sure push at the 100 percent. “For sure I prefer that (three races back–to–back). All the years I’ve been quite strong on the overseas, and this year too we tried already. “In Australia I felt really good, in Malaysia also. So I have more positive points in Australia and Malaysia, but let’s see.

"Sincerely, we tried to do a lot of things with the bike but we are in trouble ," declared Rossi , speaking in the Motegi paddock as rain continued to fall. But most telling, in Rossi 's opinion, was the performance of the two Yamaha test riders… "Zarco is a good rider in the wet and he is one-second

Teammate Rossi took his time in FP1 to get up to speed at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. We are a bit in trouble , the bike is a bit difficult to ride and we don't have enough rear grip, so it's difficult. Zarco Fastest Yamaha on Wet Day 1 at Motegi .

“When we race with this (2018 prototype) chassis in the dry, like at Silverstone and Aragon, it is not so bad.

“We have some problem, but we were quite competitive. But in the wet, no way. Very difficult.”

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Rossi admits to being left frustrated by the pace of the Tech3 riders – Johann Zarco was fifth after second practice – on the 2016 bike, and is concerned the team has already found its peak performance level for this weekend.

“If you look at the data with the old bike, it is a big frustration because, f***, in the corners, no way. So we need to try to understand, especially for next year.

“We are quite worried because today we do a lot of modifications, but at the end, no way.

“So we don’t have a lot more to do than this, this weekend, so we need to understand for next year.”

“Already in corner entry I’m very slow. I don’t feel the rear. In general, there is always (a lack of rear grip) and in acceleration we have a lot of spin.”

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Luckless Rossi left with 'pain everywhere' after race-ending crash .
Valentino Rossi admits to feeling pain ‘everywhere’ after suffering a nasty highside in the early stages of the MotegiMotoGP race, and was lucky to avoid aggravating his right leg injury. The Yamaha rider had a similar incident during the fourth free practice session at Turn 8, which left him with just one YZR-M1 for qualifying – in which he finished 12th after a gamble to run slicks backfired. The Italian was running inside the top 10 at the end of the first lap, and moved ahead of former team-mate Jorge Lorenzo for eighth at the beginning of lap six. Struggling for rear grip – an issue that has been present all season in wet conditions – Rossi was powerless to stop the back-end of his Yamaha coming round on him at Turn 7 on the same lap. “It was a big crash this time,” Rossi said to crash.net. “Also yesterday, but today more. Today Turn 7, yesterday Turn 8. It was a highside again. I was behind (Aleix) Espargaro and tried to not give up because I can keep his pace. “But on the left (side of the tyre) I had zero grip. It was like riding on ice. “With the constant throttle the rear (came round). It was very fast, when I realised what was happening I was already flying through the air. “So, very lucky that the leg is OK. I have pain everywhere, but not a lot, so this is good.” While still unsure as to why Yamaha is suffering in wet conditions with grip, Rossi concedes the issue lies with the bike and not with the tyres. “When I ride the bike, I have a different feeling like the tyre is more soft and we suffer,” Rossi said before being told Michelin had not changed its tyre construction. “So for sure (something) from the bike is different. If on the bike is different, something is different. “But is also difficult to understand because, anyway, on the Honda and Ducati the tyre works, so it is our problem.

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