May 22, 2022

MotoGP Sepang J1 Tests: Top speed chart depressing for Yamaha

Top speed was a strong issue at Yamaha, as World Champion Fabio Quartararo asked Iwata engineers at the end of last year for a clear improvement in this area with a more powerful engine. The Frenchman even made it a major element of reflection in his decision to mature about his future after this year 2022. As such, the first laps at Sepang were eagerly awaited. And for the moment, it is clear that it is disappointment that dominates…

No conclusions can be drawn yet, but it seems that those who had fast engines in the past have lost nothing of their strength while those who suffered in the straight line continue to live their ordeal… A Sepang, while the first day of the two scheduled for the MotoGP tenor tests is underway, we see this situation with the V-max table.


Honda apparently worked well on his engine since Mark Marquez leads with 337.5 Km/h, followed by Bagnaia (336,4), Vinales (335.4) then Miller, Aleix Espargarò, Bezzecchi, Alex Marquez, Zarco, Pol Espargarò, Enea Bastianimi, Jorge Martin, Luca Marini. In short, Honda, Ducati and Aprilia monopolized the first 12 places… Then it was the KTM of Raul Fernandez which follows with 330.2 km/h. When we look at where Yamaha, we can’t help but think that there will be a debate in the box…

We will recall the position of Maio Meregalli on this sensitive subject for Iwata: top speed is an area we have worked on a lot so that we can improve. But this requires not only work on the engine, but also on aerodynamics, improving acceleration and grip. The goal is to gain speed. Anyway, last year we were able to win races and we did it on the fastest tracks like in Qatar and Mugello. So top speed is important but that’s not all. Yamaha’s philosophy is not to make a big revolution on the bike, but try to improve what we already have. As it happens in stages, making missteps involves big trouble, but we have learned, so we’re going step by step without making big revolutions ».

MotoGP, Meregalli: "The M1's top speed is important, but that's not all"