The 15-time MotoGP race winner and three-time championship runner-up made his manufacturing facility Yamaha debut with the RNF Racing crew in final Sunday’s 2022 season-opener in Qatar.
After eight years of using Ducati equipment and with no Yamaha expertise since 2012 when he was a Tech3 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 journey the M1, however was nonetheless “dropping 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 the start 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 dropping quite a bit.
“After that I used to be in a position to journey alone and I used to be in a position to journey in a traditional 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 it’s a must to journey the Yamaha now.
“When you’re scuffling with the entrance and you aren’t in a position to make velocity within the corners, you utilize quite a bit the rear tyre on the sting and you’ll’t try this since you misplaced the tyre.
“So, it wasn’t the most effective.”
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 review, 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 originally.
“When you’ve gotten an issue of strain it’s not an issue of the bike. So, we’ve 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’s “frightened” about.