There's a Yamaha that is struggling, and beating around the bush is useless. We're obviously talking about Valentino Rossi's M1, and he seems to have lost that verve to battle it out with the best. After Buriram, the Doctor faces Motegi, which is the first of the Asian triptych.
#46 is aware of the difficulties and, in view of the round to be disputed in the land of the Rising Sun, he doesn't hide this. "We have consecutive races, and we'll try to solve the problems with the Yamaha," said the rider from Pesaro. "Obviously, I'm not happy with these results, so we'll try other solutions at the Twin Ring, or something different. I like this circuit, and I'll try to have a good weekend."
But there's a different mood on the other side of the garage, since Maverick Vinales returned to the podium during the Buriram weekend. The Spanish rider is looking for validation on the Asian track. "Motegi is a track I like, and I'm confident of the potential that we can express," the Yamaha rider ensured. "I feel really good with the M1, and it's incredible. We struggled last year, but I wasn't in the situation I'm in now. Now we're fast, and I'll do my best to get an important result."