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Yamaha MotoGP bosses looking at alternative ways to increase top speed

Yamaha MotoGP boss Takahiro Sumi is looking at alternative ways to increase the top speed of the YZR-M1 as engine development is frozen until the end of next season.

Riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales have continuously campaigned for better top end but it has yet to materialise even with the development of bolt-on parts such as exhausts.

“We have to develop even more than before to improve our strong points. Unfortunately now, the corner speed and handling is not only for Yamaha,” said Sumi said when asked how the engine freeze will affect Yamaha.


“We are aware the competitors improved a lot in this area, especially Suzuki. So, we have to make more effort for that.

“Also, we are not giving up on improving the top speed for next year. Of course, the engine is frozen for next year, but the engine is one element, but we can find another way to improve for next year.

“Last year, we were fast in free practice and qualifying, but not so in the race.

“This is a point we wanted to improve for this year. Top speed was one of the main topics to improve, and we got some more compared to last year.

“But unfortunately, the competitors did well also, so the situation is not so much different than we expected.

“Now we have three races winners in Yamaha, and Valentino [Rossi] also got back his feeling and speed.

“So, now all four Yamahas are ready to fight for the win. So, as a total package we have confidence we are in the right direction, but still a lot of work to do to be on the target point.”

Yamaha will have to look at bolt-on parts to boost power and also aerodynamics which can provide expensive but vital mph.

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