Meregalli – The Yamaha is working on the new M1 to deliver the best bike possible to Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales. The team manager Massimo Meregalli speaks of novelty. But even he analyzes the 2016 season of the Doctor again. “He committed errors that are not from him.”
In Malaysia we will know something more
The first MotoGP test will be in Malaysia, at the Sepang circuit, from January 30 to February 1. So, Massimo Meregalli speaks of the new Yamaha M1. “One of our strengths, stability in the fast corners, is ever-present.” said Meregalli to Speedweek. “The first impression of the package was positive and from there we have to keep working to fine-tune the bike.”
A new chassis and new aerodynamics
Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales will have the new chassis. But also try different solutions for aerodynamics. “We had already made the first test at Sepang in November. So, we are curious to see what will come out from Ducati. It did very reliant on the winglets.” added the Yamaha Team Manager. Vinales will be a tough opponent for the Italian champion. The young Spaniard was fastest in Valencia test. It was the first time that he drove the Yamaha 2016.
Meregalli: “Rossi wanted to cut the distance to Marquez“
The 2016 season it was still a very positive season for Yamaha. The Doctor finished in second place, with eight podiums but only two victories. “After the engine problem at Mugello, Valentino was in a difficult situation. Because he was behind Marquez in the standings. So, he had to push hard to cut the distance to Spanish rider. Maybe he risked too much in Assen, but he was forced. So, he made many errors that are not from him.”
In 2017, the Italian champion will want to win again. He wants to conquer his tenth MotoGP world title.