Valentino Rossi is the king of reinvention having won on pretty much everything from 125, 250 and 500cc two-strokes to 800, 990 and 1000cc four-strokes. Now knocking on 37 years old he must reinvent himself one more time for what could be his last season.
Valentino Rossi has never been a fan of hi-tech electronics but the lower-tech Dorna electronics have taken him by surprise. 'At first you are angry because the motorcycle is more difficult to ride,' Valentino Rossi said. 'But for the racing this will be good because it will be a lot more difficult to always make the same lap time, so the battles will be better and more fun.
The new 2016 Dorna rules electronics are a big difference, like we jump into the past, to 2008 or 2009.' Yamaha's 2016 YZR-M1 features an ultra-long fuel tank that extends into the seat hump to shift weight rearwards for better braking balance. 'For me this can be a little better during braking,' Valentino Rossi adds.
But Yamaha may build another new motorcycle for 2016 if the Michelins demand it. 'The rear Michelin is very similar to the Bridgestone with very good grip,' Rossi explains. 'The fron is the big difference, so we need to understand how much load we need to put into this tire to turn the motorcycle at the maximum.'Tag: YamahaValentino RossiBridgestoneMotoGPRacingDornaYZR-M1