Valentino Rossi has spoken out about the need for Yamaha to further develop the M1 and improve rear grip, with the addition of a new deflector.

Ducati, Honda and Aprilia have been hard at work developing aerodynamics – and Valentino Rossi reckons that Yamaha need to do the same. Here’s what he’s said: “I’m putting pressure on Yamaha to get something similar to what Ducati used from an aerodynamic point of view and I hope I can try it soon. It’s a small component, it doesn’t upset the bike, but it can help.

“We want to develop the M1 more and more, we need to think of everything and continue with the work we are already doing. The deflector, for us in particular, could be a keystone: we have had problems with heating the rear tire for a long time and as demonstrated by this point Yamaha has been the first to use a similar solution, but has not explored the possibility of obtaining advantages even on dry surfaces. “

Tony Carter

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