MotoGP: Rossi continuing with 2017 chassis at Silverstone

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Valentino Rossi will continue to work with the new 2017-specification Yamaha M1 chassis that he first tried last weekend at a test in Brno at this weekend’s British Grand Prix, after completing a back-to-back with his old bike this morning in free practice one at Silverstone.

Rossi ran both new chassis and new swinging arm alongside the old one in the comparison test, Rossi admitted that with more feeling from the new frame, he will potentially use it for the remainder of the weekend while setting aside the swinging arm.


“I like the different chassis, so I will continue with it. I have more doubt from the swinging arm, because I don’t feel a great improvement with it. Like in the test in Brno, I have a good feeling when I brake and on corner entry, and I like the feeling over the bumps. It’s ok with turning too, but it’s nothing very big – just a small modification that improves the front end.”

But with radical changes to his machine from the new frame, the Italian says that it means that the squad will have more work to do tomorrow as the team works to modify their setting on the bike ahead of the race.

“For tomorrow we need to understand the right balance, the right stuff to mount. At the end everybody was very fast and with the soft tyre at the end my lap time was not so bad, so I was there and now we wait for tomorrow and hope for better conditions.”


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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer