While the all-time record for the highest top speed was equaled this weekend at Mugello, and three manufacturers beat their own benchmark in this exercise, the shortfall of Yamaha is particularly notable. Without even thinking of going beyond the 360 km / h mark as Brad Binder did on the KTM, the four M1s on the grid are quite simply the only motorcycles not to have reached 350 km / h since the start of the race. weekend.
The inferiority of Franco Morbidelli’s machine is the clearest, since he is systematically last or penultimate in these rankings. The Italian driver has not done better than 343.9 km / h at this stage, against a peak of 349.5 km / h reached by each of his cronies, all three equipped with a more recent M1 and more evolved. The difference with the stronger V-Max is 18.5 km / h.
Feeling particularly disadvantaged, Morbidelli even expressed concern for the race. On Saturday, during the attacks he led in qualifying, he indeed felt unbalanced by the call for air during the passes he suffered, which did not not really reassuring for the 23 laps on the program this afternoon.
“Frankly, I’m a little scared, because I had the opportunity to feel the difference in speed in the time attack when I was passed while I was in the aspiration of Bagnaia “, explained the pilot Petronas on Saturday evening. “In the first lap he passed me but I had no suction; and when his Ducati passed me I was hit hard by the wind. said, OK, it’s a Ducati and I had no aspiration. But in the next lap I was in his aspi and I was passed by Aleix EspargarÃ³ with the Aprilia. “
“We all know it’s not the fastest bike on the grid, but usually one of the slowest besides me,” said Morbidelli, arguably unaware of the notable progress of the RS-GP of the Spanish pilot. “So I was passed by Aleix and I was hit by the wind in a similar way. And yet I was benefiting from the suction, so my speed was was increased at that time. So I think during the race, when I’m in the squad and I’m passed by all these bikes, seeing how I get blown by the wind, it will be hard to control the bike because I will still be at [over] 300 km / h. “
“So I’m a little worried about the race,” admitted Franco Morbidelli, hoping to find a solution during the warm-up this morning. “We’ll see if we can get the speed right so that I don’t end up in the squad, but I don’t think [that’s possible] at the moment. We’ll see what the warm-up brings, but this is the situation for the moment. Unfortunately, the course and the straight line do not help us at all “, he added, signed and all the more defactist since he will start tenth. “Tenth place is a tough spot to start and aim for a decent race. So it will be a tough Sunday, but we’ll try to fight.”
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