Vinales: Yamaha can be “one complete MotoGP team” post-Rossi

Maverick Vinales believes Yamaha can be "one complete team" in 2021 now seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has left for Petronas SRT

Vinales: Yamaha can be “one complete MotoGP team” post-Rossi

Yamaha signed Fabio Quartararo to take Rossi's place for 2021 at the start of last year, with the veteran Italian remaining a factory-backed rider with a switch to SRT.

Vinales feels Yamaha has lacked unity within its ranks "for the last three years" and, now there is no longer the division within the garage of having "Valentino's team" and "my team", believes the Japanese marque can be more "complete" in 2021.

"I think for us it's very important the unity in the team, because for the last three years everyone was going it alone," Vinales said on Monday during Yamaha's 2021 launch event.

"We were not all as one, and I think with Esteban [Garcia, crew chief], also Lin [Jarvis, managing director] and Maio [Meregalli, team manager], what we are trying to do is take the 20 or 24 guys that are working inside the team to make it one team.

"And for me I think this is more important to keep the good mood, the good feeling.

"After the previous years, it's been difficult because it was Valentino's team, my team.

"Now I think we have the opportunity to be one complete team and to go forward in the same direction with both riders and to accomplish what we are able to do."

Yamaha struggled with inconsistency in 2020, with Vinales remarking that it was "difficult to believe the bike can change so much from one track to the next".

He added that with greater attention paid to finer details, "the results will come because we have the speed, we have good qualifying, we have good races, good rhythm".

Quartararo agrees with Vinales' comments, noting that their similar levels of performance across the 2020 campaign should aid in developing the M1.

"In Jerez, both [of us] made 1-2, then in the end of the championship we were always together; if I was seventh, he was eighth, or reversed so always super close," Quartararo said when asked by Autosport about Vinales' comments.

"At the end of the year, we never had a factory bike in P1 or P2, and then all the rest P11. We were all down or all up, so I think we more or less had the same complaints and I think we can do a good job together.

"It's always difficult to say the same comment because we have different riding styles. But for sure we have the same problems and I think we need to push in the same way, and I think this is great.

"Of course, Maverick is my main rival, but if we can fight for one and two and not eighth and ninth, it's much better to work together so I think it will be a good rivalry and to improve the bike."

shares
comments
Yamaha commits five more years to MotoGP from 2022
Previous article

Yamaha commits five more years to MotoGP from 2022

Next article

Quartararo hopes to have Lorenzo/Rossi MotoGP rivalry with Vinales

Quartararo hopes to have Lorenzo/Rossi MotoGP rivalry with Vinales
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022
How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022 Plus

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence Plus

The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Plus

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Autosport, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Plus

The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. Autosport analyses what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP Plus

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt Plus

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022