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Is Yamaha being left behind in Moto GP?

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Ducati and Honda V4s have won the last 22 MotoGP races, so is it time for Yamaha to ditch its faithful inline-four engine?




Rossi has done everything he can with a bike that has seemed to be underpowered against the others the last few seasons. Pisses me off, because Rossi is about the greatest rider in the history of Moto GP and he is wasting the end of his career on a bike that is slower than Ducati and Honda.


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finding that competitive edge in such "tightly" regulated series comes and goes... once you find that edge, how long till the others "notice" and who can "whine/protest(pay) enough to have rules tweaked", etc...


they need to move away from running 1 tyre brand, one software brand...otherwise everyone needs the same chassis/engine regardless of brand...


maybe Yamaha needs to have 2 engines to suit the needs of the track? its either you need a bike that handles or a bike that can do "stop n go"... rather than trying to find a compromise with one engine... 


i still recall rather recently in top lvls of NHRA racing one guy was smashing records because the rule book was "vague" about the angle of exhaust headers- they found his exhaust tips were pointed further rearward which created "thrust"... 

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Both Rossi and Vinales have reported they have issues with grip. Somewhere along the line the Yamaha's started eating tires and they have yet to resolve the issue, though at least with Vinales they seem to have mitigated it somewhat. Yamaha will find their way, but they do need to stop from depending on Rossi to be the Sunday hero. They need to start figuring out the issues and as much as I love to watch Rossi ride, Yamaha has not been able to fully resolve it. Rossi has said they need to understand why it is happening and they just don't have that understanding as yet. But they will get there.


Honda did the same thing when Hayden was with them and he wasn't winning. Honda brought in MM and they started to figure somethings out. DP is also one who has struggled, especially this year. DP always has grip issues cause it takes him longer to get heat into the tires. Occasionally he can make it work to his advantage as he did in Jerez in 2017. But this year they have not been able to make the bike work as well.


Ducati have found some things to make their bikes work where they don't usually, at least since the Stoner years. But the late couple of years they have started to be more competitive. It will be interesting next year to see how the V4 performs.



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