New MotoGP Bike to Undergo Testing by Yamaha at Jerez

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Yamaha to test completely new MotoGP bike at Jerez

Yamaha has successfully retained Fabio Quartararo, surprising many in the paddock, as they renew their contract with the French rider until the end of the 2026 season. While a substantial financial offer of €12 million was a key factor, Quartararo was also influenced by significant improvements in Yamaha’s responsiveness.

To convince Quartararo to stay, team principal Lin Jarvis offered him a brand-new bike, which Quartararo will have the opportunity to test at Jerez during the first official in-season test of 2024. This new bike will feature various enhancements, including a new engine, chassis, swingarm, and aerodynamic components.

Yamaha had previously tested some of these parts with their test and development rider Cal Crutchlow during a private test in Barcelona. However, adverse weather conditions hampered their progress, leading to a less than ideal testing environment.

New MotoGP Bike to Undergo Testing by Yamaha at Jerez
New MotoGP Bike to Undergo Testing by Yamaha at Jerez (Credits: Motorsport)

Despite challenges like bad weather, Yamaha remains committed to improving its performance. After the Portuguese Grand Prix, Quartararo and fellow Yamaha rider Rins encountered difficulties during a private test at Portimao, limiting their track time. However, Yamaha is now better prepared, with both Quartararo and Rins set to test all the new equipment at Jerez.

During the upcoming test, Yamaha will evaluate the new engine alongside the current spec-A prototype to gauge any noticeable improvements. This systematic approach will allow them to understand which updates are beneficial and which are not, helping them refine their development strategy.

Yamaha’s determination to enhance their performance is evident, despite setbacks like inclement weather. By offering Quartararo a compelling package and showcasing tangible improvements in their machinery, Yamaha aims to strengthen its position in the fiercely competitive world of MotoGP.

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