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Rossi: “It‘s a big change”

Rossi: “It‘s a big change”

Valentino Rossi gives his verdict on the new electronics package, Michelin tyres and 2016 M1 after the first day of the Valencia test.

Movistar Yamaha’s Rossi put the disappointment of #TheGrandFinale behind him as he got his hands on the 2016 Yamaha M1 at the Valencia test. The Italian spent the morning on his 2015 bike as he adapted to the Michelin tyres, before heading out on the 2016 version of the machine in the afternoon.

His pace steadily quickened towards the end of the day and after completing 57 laps in total, his best efforts of a 1'32.401 put him in twelfth place in today‘s testing results, 0.850s from the front. 

Valentino Rossi: “It‘s a big change and it will be interesting, especially the tyre will make a big difference for next year. A lot changed, especially the setting, the weight distribution of the bike and everything. It looks like our competitors are a little ahead, because they‘ve made more kilometres with the Michelin, but it‘s just the first day. I also tried the new electronics and also that, as I expected, was quite a big step because it‘s like going a little bit into the past. However, that too could be interesting and it‘s only the first day, we have a lot to work on. The rear tyre is very similar and Michelin is good, it has very good grip. The front is the big difference. We need to understand how much weight this tyre needs to turn at the maximum. We need some more time.”


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