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MotoGP, Rins: "The M1 struggles to turn, but it comes more from the engine than the electronics"

Alex experienced similar problems on the Yamaha as he experienced in Suzuki in 2017: "I commented on it to the guys already the second time I jumped on the bike, and it looks like they are working on it."

MotoGP: Rins:

The rain that fell on Mugello in the aftermath of the Italian GP disrupted the plans of several teams including Yamaha, which was hoping to take advantage of the test day in the Tuscan hills to try out new parts.

"It was a big shame we couldn't ride in dry conditions because we had new items to test here. Luckily, next week we're going to Valencia and we are going to test the new items there," commented Alex Rins at Mugello, as reported by our colleagues at Crash.net.

Thanks to the postponement to September of the Kazakhstan GP, the Spanish rider and the Monster Energy Yamaha team will in fact have the opportunity to return to the track at Ricardo Tormo for two days of private testing, planned for June 11 and 12, in which they will continue to work on the M1, to try to make progress in a season still short on results.

Despite the concessions granted to the Japanese manufacturers this year, the Iwata-based brand is struggling not a little to perform well, as evidenced by the 20th and 13th places in the World Riders' Championship, occupied by Rins and Fabio Quartararo, respectively, after the first six Rounds of the year. A situation that appears even more discouraging if we take a look at the Constructors' standings, which sees Yamaha in penultimate position with 36 points, 102 from third place occupied by Aprilia and 205 from the top held by Ducati.

Going into more specifics about the difficulties he has encountered this early in the season, Rins admitted that he has noticed problems in cornering the bike, which reminds him of those suffered at Suzuki in 2017. A year in which the Hamamatsu brand had misdirected the development of the GSX-RR's engine, trying to solve traction problems coming out of corners with a smoother powertrain, which had, however, created problems in entry and cornering.

"It's quite difficult for us to turn. It sounds familiar, because it already happened to me in 2017," Alex noted, " Already the second time I jumped on the Yamaha, I commented on it to the guys and it looks like they are working on it.

In light of past experience, the Iberian rider is convinced that it is the engine that is the main cause of Yamaha's difficulties in cornering.

"The problems we are having right now are coming more from the engine than from the electronicsBut to do a different engine in the middle of the season is hard! It's easy to go in the wrong way," added the 28-year-old. As well as Quartararo, the Catalan rider has therefore been working mainly on the electronics, set-up and fairing of the M1 to try to compensate for the bike's limitations, while waiting to test some changes to the powertrain that Yamaha might try in Valencia.

 

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