Yamaha's Engine Disappointing - Quartararo: "Something Went Wrong"
As recently as Sunday, the Yamaha garage was still cheerful for the 2023 MotoGP season. But the Tuesday test in Valencia was a nasty surprise for the Japanese manufacturer.
For the Yamaha MotoGP factory team, the 2023 preseason could not have started more surprisingly. When the MotoGP stars tested after the Misano GP, the Yamaha crew was happy, because the new engine had proved to be stronger and raised expectations for the coming year.
Fabio Quartararo at the Valencia test – Image provided by Motorsport Images
But on Tuesday, a big disappointment followed. The performance of the Japanese aggregate remained far behind the new expectations.
Yamaha superstar Fabio Quartararo told the press: “Something went wrong [since the Misano test]. The new engine was not faster than the one I used on Sunday in the race.”
And teammate Franco Morbidelli was anything but pleased about the lack of power once again. Although the Italian had little opportunity to test the newly developed engine, he too noted a lack of power.
“It’s funny because we expected more power from the engine. That wasn’t the case. We need to understand why that is.”
“However, the engineers will certainly keep a close eye on the engine issue and investigate. We will find a solution for next year.”
Morbidelli remains optimistic about other areas of development for the 2023 bike too. “Some things have been good […]. The engineers have been able to gather a lot of information in the area of aerodynamics.”
But before the team can do any more work, the Italian says, they need a little break. “It has not been an easy season, but everyone needs a break to recharge their batteries. That way, we can start 2023 in the right way.”