Yamaha engines set for Japanese analysis

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The failed engines of both Valentino Rossi will now be sent straight back to the firm’s Japanese R&D headquarters for a detailed analysis to identify the cause of the problems, according to Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis.

Speaking to MCN after the race, Jarvis admitted that the fault came as a huge shock to the team – and that they’ll now have to move heaven and earth to have it fixed for the next round of the series in only two weeks.

“It’s very unusual to have one, and it’s extremely unusual to have two in a day. Obviously it’s something we need to look into in great detail. The materials will be sent back to Japan and analysed in detail, and for sure before Barcelona we will have the analysis and feedback, and we will have taken the relevant countermeasures.

“We lost the golden opportunity to come away with a one-two and only coming away with a victory. But bad luck and good luck goes the same for that though, because we could have had two engines go in a race! Fortunately Jorge’s was in a warm-up. It was a very unusual day, and we’re very sorry to Valentino that his potential race win wasn’t to be because of a mechanical failure.”

For the full story on Rossi and Lorenzo’s engine woes, see tomorrow Wednesday 24th May’s MCN.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer