On the finish of the Sepang check, the official Yamaha riders, Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, didn’t disguise their disappointment with the evolutions of their 2022 prototype, which they each don’t take into account ample. As for Andrea Dovizioso, who has been evolving throughout the Yamaha satellite tv for pc group because the finish of final yr, the remark is identical and it must be famous that other than the reigning World Champion, all of the riders of the Japanese producer completed backside of the standings.
Together with his 22nd place end, Dovizioso takes the hit and is even skeptical about his means to be quick. “I am unable to be pleased with the velocity and tempo“, did he declare. “I feel at the moment there may be solely [Quartararo] who can trip this Yamaha. If you happen to do not drive like him, it is arduous to be quick and you must go down that highway to be aggressive.”
“There are good issues on the bike, however you must brake in the course of the nook like him, settle for that the bike isn’t so good on the exit and that you simply can not use it to be quick. brakes very properly, arduous, and he manages to be very quick in the course of the nook, he lets the bike go and doesn’t attempt to use the rear grip an excessive amount of to speed up. in the course of the nook, he’s very sturdy for that.”
Popping out of his sabbatical yr final yr to switch the injured Morbidelli within the Yamaha satellite tv for pc group, Dovizioso was relying on driving an official machine this yr. In contrast to his younger teammate Darryn Binder, who arrived in MotoGP this yr, the Italian has the identical tools as Quartararo and Morbidelli and has thus been given a key place in improvement.
However after a whole lot of driving time, the Italian admits that he now not has “playing cards to make use of” : “I hoped to be already extra superior in my adaptation to the bike as a result of that’s what can enable me to get nearer. With the 5 races and the checks final yr, along with the checks this yr, [j’ai] ridden loads and it permits you to be quicker and to see what works and what would not, why it’s tough to be fast when accelerating, and to attempt to use the grip to drive arduous. It will get a bit difficult as a result of […] you must trip a sure manner and that is it, as a result of the bike has very particular traits.”
Andrea Dovizioso on the Sepang check
Nonetheless, the Italian doesn’t lack motivation after being ousted from MotoGP on the finish of 2020, regardless of his standing as reigning vice-world champion. With this and his expertise of twenty years on the highest degree, he is aware of the factors to enhance however has not but succeeded.
Though he’s dwelling this season as his final in MotoGP, Dovizioso has not returned to play in the back of the grid and hopes to acquire passable sufficient outcomes to think about persevering with in 2023. This chance appears distant at current and the main disappointment. “I am unable to be pleased with the place we’re”, he defined to the microphone of the official MotoGP web site. “There are nonetheless too many issues I haven’t got below management and I do not like that. The best way I trip the bike isn’t ok. […] I do not really feel ok.”
“The areas the place we aren’t aggressive are clear,” he added throughout his debriefing. “[Le problème] is to not discover what issues to work on however to reach bettering them, which isn’t simple”, he defined. “I’ve studied the info but it surely’s very tough to repeat different riders. You may analyze and perceive what you should do however you’ll be able to’t copy. You may enhance on some issues however ultimately you must attempt at your manner, and there is just one so it is difficult. That is why I haven’t got full confidence but and I am not pleased with my feeling.”
“At this time in MotoGP all of the riders are aggressive and it isn’t like earlier than, when your traits had been revealed in response to the tracks. Now we’re all very shut and they’re all very sturdy, so should you do not handle to make use of your package deal properly, you simply end up distant.”
And if on the degree of the chassis, the braking and the entry into curves, Dovizioso acknowledges that the Yamaha is “excellent”, he maintains that if it isn’t piloted “within the explicit manner during which Fabio does [Quartararo], every part will get a bit extra difficult.