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The 15-time MotoGP race winner and three-time championship runner-up made his manufacturing unit Yamaha debut with the RNF Racing group in final Sunday’s 2022 season-opener in Qatar.
After eight years of driving Ducati equipment and with no Yamaha expertise since 2012 when he was a Tech three rider, Dovizioso has struggled since he returned to racing following a sabbatical for the ultimate 5 rounds of 2021 with Petronas SRT.
Admitting after pre-season testing that he was starting to know the best way to trip the M1, however was nonetheless “shedding an excessive amount of” on the bike, Dovizioso’s Qatar weekend was extraordinarily troublesome.
Qualifying down in 20th having been hindered by windy situations on Saturday, Dovizioso completed the race 14th and 27.3s off of winner Enea Bastianini as he battled with a excessive entrance tyre strain.
“At first of the race we had some points about [front tyre] strain,” he revealed.
“One thing occurred, Yamaha has to know. However all Yamahas had issues with that.
“It was locking the entrance in unusual locations, I didn’t perceive, I misplaced the entrance two occasions, I went off the monitor and once I noticed the strain I understood why.
“That was the start and it was very, very unhealthy and I used to be shedding loads.
“After that I used to be capable of trip alone and I used to be capable of trip in a standard approach, and lap occasions change into acceptable at 1m55.5s, 1m55.4s.
“In order that was not that quick, however acceptable and like what we are able to do.
“However I used to be actually on the again. And I additionally completed the tyre, however that is regular due to the best way you must trip the Yamaha now.
“When you find yourself fighting the entrance and you aren’t capable of make pace within the corners, you utilize loads the rear tyre on the sting and you’ll’t try this since you misplaced the tyre.
“So, it wasn’t the very best.”
Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing
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Dovizioso added that although the excessive entrance tyre strain was inflicting him main points, it wasn’t truly the primary drawback he confronted on the Yamaha and that it solely exacerbated it.
“I don’t have the great reply as a result of they’ve to check, they’ve some concepts,” he mentioned when requested if he thought his tyre strain drawback was track-specific.
“However this wasn’t the drawback, it simply elevated the issues.
“So, it was very unhealthy, particularly the sensation firstly.
“When you may have an issue of strain it’s not an issue of the bike. So, we now have to know and handle it in a greater approach.”
Reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo additionally suffered from his entrance tyre strain getting too excessive final Sunday and meant he might do no higher than ninth to kick of a title defence he later admitted he is “worried” about.