From the primary 4 races to this point in 2021, Rossi has scored simply 4 factors with a finest results of 12th within the opening Qatar Grand Prix – and even that got here after he slid down the order from a powerful fourth in qualifying.
Rossi registered his worst-ever qualifying results of his profession with 21st within the Doha GP and has been 17th on the grid within the final two races, with the SRT rider rising from final weekend’s Spanish GP with out factors in 17th.
In contrast, on the identical spec of Yamaha, manufacturing unit riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo have gained three of the primary 4 races between them.
Rossi’s important situation continues to be a scarcity of rear grip from his M1, which has dogged him lately.
With a call on his racing future anticipated within the coming races, Rossi mentioned in the course of the Jerez weekend he didn’t feel under pressure with his current form – whereas noting after the race that the workforce nonetheless has his again.
“It was a troublesome race on a troublesome weekend, by which at no time did I’ve a rhythm,” Rossi mentioned after the Spanish GP.
“It’s a troublesome second, however the workforce, Petronas, is supporting me lots.
“I’ve issues with the set-up and I’m not going quick. It’s a must to discover a resolution at a technical degree.
“Now we have to be optimistic and keep motivated.”
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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Rossi evaluated some new set-up concepts and components from Yamaha in the course of the post-race take a look at at Jerez on Monday, ending the day 12th quickest.
He was happy with the progress made, although seems to be working extra on recouping the time he’s shedding beneath acceleration in braking as a substitute.
“Now we have determined want to enhance the tempo, the sensation with the bike as a result of we struggled lots in the course of the weekend,” he mentioned.
“The sensation isn’t so unhealthy. We completed the day with feeling, particularly as a result of I really feel higher on the bike and I’m in a position to journey in a greater method and I improved my tempo lots.
“We labored nicely with the workforce, primarily on the setting to enhance braking. Additionally Yamaha introduced some new stuff that labored nicely, all which gave a small assist to enhance the sensation and the pace.
“I don’t really feel comfy with the bike, with my using I’m a bit in delay and in addition this creates issues in acceleration as a result of plenty of time I’ve an issue with rear grip on exit, I’m not in a position to exit from the nook quick sufficient.
“So, we labored lots on the setting with David [Munoz], with entrance for settings, additionally weight distribution for [corner] entry in a sooner method, for deeper and enter the nook with extra pace.
“That is the goal and we improved.”