Valentino Rossi crew chief Silvano Galbusera believes that sometimes the nine-time world champion provides better feedback than a datalogger as he is able to analyse many facets of the bike at once.
The Italian veteran, who replaced Jerry Burgess in the Movistar Yamaha squad at the end of last season, spoke to Bikesport News in an exclusive interview about how The Doctor is still operating at the peak of his power at the age of 35.
“Sometimes he’s better than a data-logger. He goes fast, but at the same time he has enough space to understand the bike behaviour and understand everything outside, the tyres, the engine, electronics… Also, during the race he concentrates, but he has to try to think about the bike and switch on different maps or the engine braking,” said Galbusera.
“It’s not easy to do that while going fast. Normally when you go fast you’re 100 per cent concentrated on going fast. But he’s using say 90 per cent of his concentration and keeps some room to analyse all the data: the behaviour of the bike, the tyres and everything. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s not normal.”
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