Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 5 views remaining

You have read 10 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 30 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 30 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.

Glenn Freeman Editor
Find out more about our subscriptions

Misano MotoGP: Rossi says seamless gearbox 'fantastic'

Rossi: seamless gearbox 'fantastic'Valentino Rossi says the seamless gearbox Yamaha introduced for this weekend's MotoGP race at Misano is a 'fantastic' development.

The technology was seen by both Rossi and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo as a key upgrade in order for Yamaha to close its current gap to the works Hondas.

After Yamaha confirmed it would introduce the new gearbox in Italy, Rossi enjoyed one of the strongest Fridays of his 2013 campaign and was a consistent fixture in the top four, eventually winding up fourth and third in the respective two practice sessions.

Rossi said the new gearbox makes the bike far more stable to ride, predicting that it will have a pronounced effect over a race distance even if it does not necessarily translate into lap time.

"Yamaha has made a fantastic job with the gearbox; it is a great help for the riders," Rossi said.

"It's not a big advantage with lap time but the bike becomes a lot easier to ride, more stable in acceleration and less wheelie.

"You can concentrate more on riding, it is less demanding so I think for the race it will be a big help."

Rossi, who took his final podium with Ducati at Misano last year, said he had also been buoyed by his own pace, adding: "Today was a good Friday for me, my performance was not so bad.

"This morning I was already quite fast but especially this afternoon my pace was very good. I was fast from the beginning to the end of the practice and we are very close to the front."

Team-mate Lorenzo echoed Rossi's praise of the new gearbox, although he said the team had taken a backward step on set-up compared to last year.

"The new gearbox is working well and I really like it, [but] we are having some problems to find the best set up on the bike," he said.

"I felt a little bit worse than the last years here but we are trying to improve it - I'm confident we can go a little faster tomorrow."

  More news  
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
Full MotoGP coverage on
Read Toby Moody's latest 'Out of the box' column
Yamaha to use seamless gearbox