As is often the case, it’s a matter of opinion, because Yamaha’s Australian weekend can be seen in several ways. On the one hand, there were the Superpoles and Razgatlıoğlu’s two podiums, in addition to Locatelli’s 3rd place in Race 2 but, on the other, also Ducati’s dominion at Phillip Island. Andrea Dosoli, Racing Manager for the Japanese constructor, prefers to see the glass half full.
“I’m satisfied with the results of our two riders, and it seems like we progressed in the development of the R1 over the winter,” he said. “Now we have to confirm these improvements on other tracks. We’re all aware that Phillip Island is a very particular circuit. At the same time, we also know that we still have to take another step forward to keep pace with the competition. It’s been a very hard-fought weekend, and this our next objective in our growth plan.”
The fact remains that, after the first round, Razgatlıoğlu is behind in the standings, 29 points behind Bautista.
“I'm happy with Toprak's reaction after some difficulties in Tuesday’s tests and Friday’s free practice, where he struggled to find the normal sensations on his R1,” Dosoli said. “Finally, in the Superpole and Superpole Race, he recuperated his speed and his effectiveness and also got on the podium in wet conditions in Race 1.“
The problem was Sunday.
“We’re all disappointed with Race 2,” the Italian manager admitted. “But it was the result of the difficult times we experienced in testing. We struggled to achieve the ideal set-up for him as the track conditions changed, and it’s something we need to address with his team.”
As for Andrea Locatelli (2nd in the championship with 28 points from Alvaro), he’s fully promoted.
“I was pleased to see Loka on the podium after all his hard work over the winter,” Dosoli commented. “He’s matured as a rider, with good results on the track and a clear mind to develop the R1. He makes his own decisions and goes his own way.”
With regardsto the GYTR GRT team, the manager is only somewhat happy, especially about Gardner’s mistake in the Superpole Race, when he crashed into his teammate, Aegerter, and made them both fall.
“The team’s performance impressed me and what happened wasn’t easy. It’ll have to be a lesson. The potential is there, and we’ll have to work to make sure we get the most out of it.”