Valentino Rossi thinks MotoGP rookies Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger are ‘making the distinction’ quite than attributing their stellar performances purely to the 2016 Yamaha chassis.
Rossi and team-mate Maverick Vinales have been given a brand new Yamaha chassis for one in every of their machines on the previous two rounds, following nightmare races in sizzling, low grip circumstances at Jerez and Barcelona on the unique 2017 design.
But each had been once more crushed by Folger on the Sachsenring on Sunday, the German repeating the feat of Zarco by claiming a debut podium with second-place at his house race.
“Throughout this season plenty of occasions the Tech three riders show the great feeling with the 2016 bikes,” Rossi mentioned.
“But in addition as a result of they’re good riders, they’re sturdy. Like in Le Mans with Zarco and this weekend Folger rode in an effective way. He’s all the time capable of be quick, to maintain the rear tyre.
“So I feel that additionally the rider makes the distinction and we now have simply to say congratulations.”
Rossi, fifth on the Sachsenring, has declared the most recent chassis to be a transparent enchancment in all circumstances, however feels they’re nonetheless dropping out when it comes to rear tyre life relative to the Honda.
“I feel the benefit of the Honda – besides that Marquez may be very sturdy, he rides very properly at this monitor – is that they stress much less the rear tyre and arrive with a tyre in a greater form in comparison with us.
“It’s one in every of our issues and we all the time attempt to repair to enhance. Isn’t straightforward, as a result of [the tyres] change rather a lot from final 12 months, change rather a lot from one week to the opposite. So we’re not capable of enhance each time.”