Sport Rossi: I am able to go faster with the old bike

22:50  14 november  2017
22:50  14 november  2017 Source:   readsport.co

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The 38-year- old was not hurt in the crash. When asked if the new 2018 engine caused the crash, Rossi said: "No, no, no, Turn 10, maybe cold tyres. "The '16 [ bike ] is not enough, we need to work, but I confirm that I am able to go faster with the old bike ."

Fuelled by his mother, Stefania's, concern for her son's safety, Graziano purchased a kart as substitute for the bike . However, the Rossi family trait of perpetually wanting to go faster prompted a redesign; Graziano replaced the 60cc motor with a 100cc national kart motor for his then 5-year- old son.[16].

Valentino Rossi admitted he is able go faster on the 2016 MotoGP Yamaha chassis than he is on the 2017 version, though still does not think the older frame ‘is enough’ to be competitive.

The Italian and team-mate Maverick Vinales reverted to the 2016 frame for the season-ending Valencia race – something they had planned to do for the test, but felt race miles would give them more useful data.

a man racing a motorcycle on a track: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images Sport © Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images Sport Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images Sport

Despite finishing fifth and 12th respectively, both felt the 2016 frame – which has been used all season by the satellite Tech3 team – was a step in the right direction, and continued to work on it on Tuesday in Valencia along with the 2017 chassis.

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Rossi went off at the Turn 10 right-hander two hours into the first day of post-season testing, with the high-speed shunt leaving his bike - a 2016 chassis with a development engine - in pieces. "The '16 [ bike ] is not enough, we need to work, but I confirm that I am able to go faster with the old bike ."

Valentino Rossi , Movistar Yamaha: “We continued to work on the 2016 chassis. With a new tire, I can make a good lap time, but the problem, like we know, is rear-tire degradation. I confirmed that I am able to go faster with the old bike .

Both Rossi and Vinales used the 2016 chassis to set their best times on the first day of testing, with the Spaniard topping the times with a 1m30.189s while Rossi was just four tenths back.

Rossi says the team was able to find good ‘balance’ with the bike, though admits more still has to be done to cure rear tyre degradation – a common issue for the factory Yamaha riders in 2016.

“The day was not so bad, we continued to work, we have a bit more time to work on the 2016 chassis and I feel good, I feel strong,”

“The day was quite positive because I have a good pace, and also with new tyres I can make a good laptime. I am in P4, so not far from the top.

“And also the feeling with the bike is quite positive, we are bale to find the right balance, but the problem is like we know, we have some problems of rear tyre degradation.

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Older faster . Both Viñales and Rossi were happy on both the 2017 and 2016 chassis, but were fastest on the old frame. I am in the P4, not so far from the top. But I confirm that I ’m able to go faster with the old bike ."

" I do it to prove to myself that I 'm fast . I have the right sensations with this bike , that will help me this season". “ I 'm pleased to be able to bring home the trophy from this race, I really like it”, Valentino Rossi holds on tight to 3rd place I am well aware that what counts in any sport are the results”.

“The ’16 is not enough, we need to work. But I can confirm that I cam able to go faster with the old bike.”

Rossi‘s day was interrupted by a fast crash at Turn 10 just under two hours into the session.

The Italian is unsure why the crash happened, and reveals the bike was fitted with a prototype 2018 engine which he was unable to use for the rest of the day.

“The first priority was the engine, that is the first prototype of the 2018 engine, but unfortunately I did two laps and I crashed.

“I hope that they are able to fix and we can use the engine tomorrow, so I can understand.

“I was already two and a half laps, so I push, lose the front, I don’t know if I was a little bit out of the line or (the tyre) was cold, I don’t know.”

a close up of Valentino Rossi: MotoGP Tests In Valencia © Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images Sport MotoGP Tests In Valencia

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