Valentino Rossi believes that despite Maverick Vinales winning at Phillip Island, nothing will change for the Japanese manufacturer.
Vinales dominated the race, putting an end to Yamaha’s 25 race drought and showing the performance expected from the M1 bike at a circuit deemed favourable to it’s strengths.
Finishing in sixth, Rossi was quick to make public his belief that the team is still in need of a significant performance gain in order to be competitive next season.
Yamaha have consistently been beaten by Ducati and Honda throughout the 2018 campaign, only showing brief sparks of improvement.
“I thin this is a good result for Maverick, and also for the whole team and for Yamaha, because it was so long that we did not win,” said Rossi.
“But we have to keep working for next year.
“It is certainly a big injection of confidence, but I do not think it changes much.”
Rosso briefly took second during the race in Australia, but was unable to maintain a strong enough pace in the latter stages, ending up behind both Suzukis and the factory Ducatis.
“It was a disappointing result, I had hoped to fight for the podium,” was Rossi’s final review.
With the championship battle between the two Yamaha riders hotting up, Rossi will be pulling out all the stops to beat his Vinales who is 16 years his junior.
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