Rossi to stick with old fuel tank

Valentino Rossi revealed that Yamaha has decided to remain with the normal configuration of the fuel tank for the time being.

Despite his dominant win at Jerez, the Italian was back on the track for testing, as the team needed to try out the new rear fuel tank concept and new Michelin front tyres.

After 52 laps, Rossi and Yamaha had their answer…

“We tried the bike more in the 2016 version with a different fuel tank,” revealed ‘The Doctor’ on 

“I felt better with the standard fuel tank so I think we’ll continue with the normal one.”

Meanwhile, team director Massimo Meregalli revealed that the main purpose of the test was the tyres and he was happy with the results.

“The main objective for us today was to test the three front tyres, which we were able to do successfully,” he added.

“It was good to discover that both riders felt the benefit from the same tyre. This is encouraging as it really shows Michelin is working hard in the right direction to give as much confidence and performance as possible to the riders.

“We were also able to make a further test with the rear fuel tank compared with the conventional one and were able to decide that we will continue with the conventional. Jorge reconfirmed a configuration of exhaust pipe and we were finally able to make some back-to-back tests with different electronic and chassis settings to complete the day.

“Now we are saying farewell to Jerez and taking our confidence from yesterday’s brilliant results on to our next challenge.”

Le Mans will host round five of the MotoGP championship from May 6-8.