SBK, Locatelli: “Yamaha should make a new bike, this is an old R1”

On the one hand, there is the sense of satisfaction with fourth place, and on the other hand the disappointment of Alvaro Bautista Ducati’s team in 17 seconds. Andrea Locatelli couldn’t be considered completely excited this Saturday in Estoril, as he had no cards to play against the competition.

After the race, the rider from Bergamo didn’t use many words to explain the current situation associated with Yamaha, and then the overall picture of the situation follows.

Today’s result was positive, even if it was far from expectations – He confessed – Unfortunately, I had a hard time controlling the back, so we will have to work towards tomorrow in order to improve our performance. Unfortunately, coming out of the turns, I was wasting a lot of time and that’s an important aspect.”

Bergamasco’s attention then turns to the comparison with the Panigale V4.

“We lack a lot of power compared to Ducati, which Bautista stripped me. I don’t know how Toprak Alvaro can fight with Ducati. He’s always on edge and for me he does something really cool. The truth is that we can’t afford to lose three-tenths in a row, that’s unacceptable.”

Then Andrea goes to the details.

Our R1 bike has improved over time, but it is still an old bike. We have to think of a new Yamaha in the future, Perhaps the introduction of wings in terms of aerodynamics and with a different engine. That doesn’t mean Yamaha isn’t good, though We have reached the limit of development. At the engine level, we can no longer get anything out of this bike. Alternatively, privileges may be considered.”

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