Yamaha has been the manufacturer that has accumulated the most victories throughout the 2020 season with a total of seven wins in the thirteen Grands Prix played so far. With everything, the Japanese firm has shown to have a great consistency problem, alternating races in which the Yamaha M1 has been unbeatable with others in which its pilots were lost in the middle of the peloton. A circumstance that Valentino Rossi has attributed to the lack of a good test team. In fact, # 46 claims that Yamaha needs a serious testing program if it wants to end these problems.
Unlike Ducati, KTM or Honda, brands that have a stable test rider in MotoGP with a program that includes in some cases ‘wild cards’, At Yamaha the role of tester in 2020 has been occupied by Jorge Lorenzo. However, the work seems to have left something to be desired according to Valentino rossi: «There is a basic problem. Until 2020, all teams had a very active test team in Europe with riders like Pirro, Pedrosa or Bradl. Yamaha on the other hand does not have a teamHe only raced in Japan with Japanese test drivers. In addition, it was raced on tracks that had nothing to do with the European ones ».
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The decision to have a combined test team between Europe and Japan, not to have Jonas Folger and Jorge Lorenzo’s inability to work continuously due to the COVID-19 crisis they have been the breeding ground. However, the hiring of Cal Crutchlow as a new test driver doesn’t convince Rossi either: “Yamaha needs to have a serious test team in Europe next year. I would have liked the test driver to be Dovizioso, because he is fast, sensitive and very experienced. Crutchlow has also raced through this year, so he will be able to do well. All in all, more than a pilot, we need a serious test program“.