From the primary 4 races to date in 2021, Rossi has scored simply 4 factors with a greatest results of 12th within the opening Qatar Grand Prix – and even that got here after he slid down the order from a robust 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 received three of the primary 4 races between them.
Rossi’s predominant subject 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 admitted through the Jerez weekend he didn’t really feel beneath strain together with his present kind – whereas noting after the race that the staff nonetheless has his again.
“It was a troublesome race on a troublesome weekend, through which at no time did I’ve a rhythm,” Rossi mentioned after the Spanish GP.
“It’s a troublesome second, however the staff, Petronas, is supporting me loads.
“I’ve issues with the set-up and I’m not going quick. You need to discover a resolution at a technical stage.
“We’ve to be optimistic and keep motivated.”
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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Rossi evaluated some new set-up concepts and elements from Yamaha through 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 an alternative.
“We’ve determined want to enhance the tempo, the sensation with the bike as a result of we struggled loads through the weekend,” he mentioned.
“The sensation isn’t so unhealthy.
“We completed the day with a great feeling, particularly as a result of I really feel higher on the bike and I’m capable of journey in a greater approach and I improved my tempo loads.
“We labored properly with the staff, primarily on the setting to enhance braking.
“Additionally Yamaha introduced some new stuff that labored properly, all which gave a small assist to enhance the sensation and the pace.
“I don’t really feel snug with the bike, with my driving 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 capable of exit from the nook quick sufficient.
“So, we labored loads on the setting with David [Munoz], with entrance for settings, additionally weight distribution for [corner] entry in a quicker approach, for deeper and enter the nook with extra pace.
“That is the goal and we improved.”