Valentino Rossi underlines the supremacy of Ducati on the MotoGP grid. It won’t be easy for Yamaha to catch up.
The team of Valentino Rossi engaged in MotoGP he closed his first season with good results. A pole and a podium conquered by Marco Bezzecchi, Luca Marini came close to the podium on several occasions, both showing good performances over the flying lap, both in free practice and in qualifying. The brother of the Tavullia champion also paid the price for having chosen a factory GP22 which, at the start of the World Championship, was not yet ready to aspire to the top positions.
From the second half of the season Ducati had no rivals, once his bike was optimized, the rivals could only witness the dizzying climb of I’m sorry Bagnaia ranked, with Aeneas Bastianini who even undermined Aleix Espargarò by taking the final third place at the last round in Valencia. Three Ducati riders in the top five positions of the championship standings, eight bikes on the track, the brand also dominated the Constructors’ and Teams championships. And for the 2023 season she is still the big favorite.
Valentino Rossi on the Yamaha-Ducati gap
Yamaha is trying to attract the Mooney VR46 Racing Team, but it is unlikely that Valentino Rossi’s team will terminate the contract with Ducati early, expiring at the end of 2024. It would be counterproductive at the moment, given that the Emilia-based company has been able to put together a highly successful package and the Iwata-based company will hardly succeed to do better in the short term. Also considering that from next year there will be only two YZR-M1s on the track, with possible slowdowns in the development of the bike.
Moreover Fabio Quartararo He has been pointing his finger at the engine department for over a year and so far the improvements he claims have not arrived. Only in the 2023 preseason will we perhaps understand that the Japanese giant has been able to take a step forward and gain something in terms of top speed. “The gap from Ducati is important – underlined Valentino Rossi as reported by Crash.net -. I have to say that Ducati has put everyone in difficulty in recent years, all the Japanese manufacturers are in great difficulty“.
Not just a question of technique, materials and engine, but also of mentality. “At Ducati they have a more courageous way of working, they have many bikes on the track and everyone’s data“, continued the Doctor. “We need more money, more people… Will Japanese manufacturers be willing to invest? They have to understand that to win they will have to invest more. Ducati is reaping the fruits of Gigi Dall’Igna’s work and right now they have the best bike“.