The only thing that's clear right now is that the Yamaha engineers have a lot of work to do this winter, and they need to get cracking. On the second and last day of testing at Valencia, Valentino continues to prefer the 2016 frame but focused, as did team-mate Vinales, on the engine.
“It's been a long day, but also a productive one - explains the Doctor - The aim is to find more power without losing the smooth delivery right from low speeds, and I'm pleased with the results. Valencia isn't the best track at which to evaluate an engine, but its characteristics allow us to understand certain things, like acceleration out of the slow turns. We'll have more information at Sepang”.
Good news, but then the engine isn't exactly Yamaha's main problem. There was nothing new for Rossi to test, neither will there be in Malaysia in ten days' time.
“It was always going to be like this, I hope we can have something substantial to test at the end of January. Right now, I know that the 2016 frame is the base from which to start, but we can't just use that and think we can win races”.
he therefore needs to trust the Japanese engineers' work.
“I'm sure they're giving it their all. Now we have a direction to follow and I feel optimistic on the whole. After everything that's happened, I guessed we'd be in this situation and I hope to have an improved bike next year".