Valentino Rossi is never tired of evolution and keeps trying to develop. Do not know surrender, for the Japanese MotoGP weekend, Motegi announced his technical changes and racing style and kept his promise. Compared to Yamaha Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo still lag behind a few tenths of a second. It might be due to an adaptation of motor stability and changing engine performance settings. Maybe this is also a risk that must be taken considering the motor setup totally changed compared to the previous series … 3 changes is this what makes Rossi slow in Free Training?
In FP1 and FP2, Valentino Rossi did not use the Akrapovic dual exhaust and carbon swingarm which he adopted after the Misano test. This step is also taken as a comparative test (so that if it is not better than before on race days (weeks) it will swear at the previous package. Motegi is a circuit where braking and sudden acceleration. Which requires an optimal gas supply, exhaust changes double means that something has changed in the other components as a counterweight.
But it is not only the technical side that is being tested by Rossi’s team. At the age that is no longer young for the size of the racer (age 40 against the young racer 20 years), Valentino Rossi took an important step in his racing style by testing the braking of two fingers (index finger and middle finger), leaving the last two fingers stuck to the right handlebar half.
Trivial? not really…! for motors with aircraft speed a little change will have a big impact. In fact all racers experience different sensations on the motorbike. Offers different braking stability. We also see that Marc Marquez managed to brake only with his index finger, a unique and rare technique that he adopted from Casey Stoner.
The 3 adaptation points allegedly require a little adaptation. Muffler (exhaust) changes affect the performance and character of the engine. Standard swing arm affects the motor handling. And the braking technique influences the braking stability. All need adjustments …