During the Sepang tests, Yamaha proved they worked hard during the winter, and Quartararo and Morbidelli had to work hard to try all the innovations. For the M1 - among engines, fairings, and frames - there was everything and much more. And three days weren’t enough to complete the work program.
“We weren't able to test all the innovations because of the rain,” Team Manager Massimo Meregalli explained to motogp.com: “On the one hand, we’re happy but, on the other, less because we still have some material to test, or test again, during the Portimão tests.”
The Japanese engineers worked on all fronts to take the new bike a step forward.
“We had three objectives: the engine, the aerodynamics, but also improving speed in corners, because we didn't in the past two years. We pushed in all areas but, unfortunately, the lack of time didn’t allow us to test new frames and the swingarm,” Maio said.
Something, however, has already been ticked off the list: “We’ve already decided which engine we’ll be using. We had two different versions, and both riders agreed,” the team manager confirmed.
Now it’ll be about making the most of the last 2 test days in Portimão.
“We’ll ttest some aerodynamic solutions, because it’s best to do it on different circuits. Then we’ll decide what to homologate,” Meregalli concluded.