Rossi: Yamaha can't delude itself over Thailand result
After a particularly insipid showing in Aragon, where Rossi and factory teammate Maverick Vinales finished eighth and 10th respectively, the works Yamaha racers enjoyed much more competitive outings at the new Buriram track last weekend.
Rossi qualified second behind race winner Marc Marquez and finished fourth, one place behind Vinales, who secured the Iwata manufacturerâs first top-three result since before the summer break at the Sachsenring.
But despite matching his best result of the second half of the year, Rossi said Yamaha cannot be satisfied with one good race and must consider the context of a sub-par latter half of the campaign.
âThis is unfortunately a risk [that Yamaha thinks it has solved its problems], but it is a losing mentality,â he said.
âSo many times our engineers are happy if Maverick can make a good time in testing, they say, âwe got it!â
âIf I were a Yamaha engineer, I would analyse the results of the second part of the season and I would not be happy about one fast lap or a front row.â
Rossi admitted that Yamahaâs strong form was unexpected, theorising that the grip of the Buriram track surface could have contributed to the teamâs strong performance.
âOn paper this track is not a Yamaha track,â said the Italian. âI expected to suffer a lot more and to be for example stronger in Misano, but in Misano we struggled.
âFor me, more than the layout of the track, is different the grip of the asphalt that helped us, more or less.
âIf you want to be competitive you have to be strong everywhere because now Ducati and Honda are strong everywhere. For me, we miss something but maybe this weekend we improved, we will see in Motegi.â
Rossi enjoyed a spell in the lead of the Thailand race, passing Marquez on lap five, but slipped back to third six laps later and staye d there until he was passed by Vinales in the latter stages.
The seven-time premier class champion said he had no answer for his teammateâs late-race pace and conceded the Spaniard did the better job.
He recalled: âI try for all the race to save the tyres like everybody, because itâs more [like a] cycling race now â" everybody waiting, sometimes one push for two laps, all the other guys follow but after [they] slow down.
âBut in the last laps I was more in trouble, and I missed these two or three tenths.
âLooks like during the weekend he [Vinales] followed another way in the setting and is able to ride that type of bike and maybe save the tyre in a better way.â
Additional reporting by Oriol Puigdemont
Maverick ViÃ±ales, Yamaha Factory Racing
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