M1 stays the same for 2016

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One thing that will re­main largely con­stant for Rossi in 2016 is the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of his Yamaha M1, af­ter both he and Lorenzo chose to re­ject Yamaha’s 2016-spec­i­fi­ca­tion bike in or­der to stick with the ma­chine they took to the con­struc­tor’s crown last sea­son. Yamaha were one of a hand­ful of man­u­fac­tur­ers caught out by the im­pres­sive de­vel­op­ment pace of the new Miche­lin tyres, build­ing a new chas­sis that suited the rear grip-ori­en­tated tyres first tested by the rid­ers dur­ing the 2015 sea­son.

How­ever, no one ex­pected the French firm to turn up to the 2016 win­ter tests with a much-im­proved new tyre that ended up act­ing much more sim­i­larly than any­one ex­pected to the out­go­ing Bridge­stones.

As such, Rossi’s M1 ma­chine will re­vert back to what he knows best, with only a few mi­nor tweaks to get the best out of the new tyres.

The pri­mary one of th­ese is a new fuel tank, which moves much of the weight of the petrol fur­ther back into the seat unit, max­imis­ing weight over the back wheel and get­ting the most out of Miche­lin’s grippy rear tyres.

“I pre­fer the 15 bike be­cause I’m faster and the front feels bet­ter. With the 16 I have more is­sues in the cor­ner en­try. With lap times, I’m not so far away, but I’m still slower.

“It’s pos­si­ble that we could be faster with the 16 bike even­tu­ally, but it’s a longer story. We tried to make it work and to give Yamaha some im­por­tant data for the fu­ture but for this mo­ment we have to con­cen­trate on the present not the fu­ture.”

Pit lim­iter will spare Rossi any more penalty points Team need to get to grips with Miche­lins Fa­mil­iar Öh­lins shock sim­ply needs di­alling in M1 is iden­ti­cal to last year save for Miche­lin lo­gos The big­gest change to the 2016 M1 is a new fuel tank aime

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