Rossi: Vinales MotoGP win 'doesn't change' Yamaha's need to improve

Valentino Rossi says his MotoGP team-mate Maverick Vinales' victory in Sunday's Phillip Island race "doesn't change much" for Yamaha

Rossi: Vinales MotoGP win 'doesn't change' Yamaha's need to improve

Vinales ended Yamaha's 25-race wait for a win on Sunday with a commanding performance at Phillip Island on a track that was expected to be more favourable to the M1 bike.

But Rossi - who finished sixth - said the result does not reduce the need for Yamaha to make a major leap in performance next season, having lagged behind Honda and Ducati for much of this season.

"This is a good result for Maverick, and also for the whole team and for Yamaha, because it was so long that we did not win," said Rossi.

"But we have to keep working for next year.

"It's certainly a big injection of confidence, but I do not think it changes much."

Rossi moved into second shortly after Vinales had taken the lead, but could not sustain his pace in the latter half of the race and ended up behind both works Suzukis as well as the two factory Ducatis.

With Andrea Dovizioso finishing third, it means Rossi has fallen 15 points behind his countryman in the fight to be runner-up in the standings behind Marc Marquez, who has already sealed this year's title.

"It was a disappointing result, I had hoped to fight for the podium," reflected Rossi.

"From the first lap I didn't have a lot of grip, especially on the left side [of the tyre], and I was in more trouble than [on Saturday].

"Immediately I felt I was sliding a lot, as if I'd lost a bit of grip. Until half-distance I was quite fast and I was second, but then I had to slow down. Now we must try to understand why.

"A quite negative result, because I lost points in the championship to Dovizioso and also Maverick, who has recovered a lot of points.

"I think more than for second, the battle will be for the third [in the points]."

Although he struggled for grip, Rossi admitted there were no major differences between his bike and Vinales' at Phillip Island, and praised the Spaniard for his performance.

"In general the two bikes are not very different," he said.

"We have some differences because our styles are a bit different, but the problem is that in acceleration we spin a bit too much.

"Maverick is able to have more drive; even if he spins he accelerates [better]. Especially this weekend he always rides very well and he's able to have less problems."

shares
comments
Espargaro struck on injured hand by Zarco-crash debris in Australia

Previous article

Espargaro struck on injured hand by Zarco-crash debris in Australia

Next article

Why Phillip Island MotoGP win prompts 'crucial' Yamaha questions

Why Phillip Island MotoGP win prompts 'crucial' Yamaha questions
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi
Teams AB Motoracing
Author Oriol Puigdemont
Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return? Plus

Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Plus

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Plus

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021
Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike? Plus

Has Yamaha banished its demons with its 2021 MotoGP bike?

Against the expected run of play at Qatar's Losail circuit, both Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo carved through a resolute Ducati defence to secure back-to-back MotoGP wins for the Japanese marque. After a difficult 2020, it appears that Yamaha has swaggered back into championship contention

MotoGP
Apr 5, 2021
Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP Plus

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice

MotoGP
Apr 3, 2021
Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue Plus

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

MotoGP
Mar 31, 2021
Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader? Plus

Did the Qatar GP hint at Ducati’s true MotoGP leader?

OPINION: Johann Zarco talked a big game pre-season, and is so far vindicating himself as a factory rider at Pramac after finishing the Qatar GP as top Ducati in second. And contrasting his and Jack Miller's weekends and their approaches, is Zarco emerging as Ducati's true MotoGP leader?

MotoGP
Mar 30, 2021
The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack' Plus

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

MotoGP
Mar 29, 2021