For Valentino Rossi, the Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on Sunday was only enough for the ungrateful fourth place. The Yamaha rider finished just under 11.5 seconds behind race winner Alex Rins (Suzuki), who narrowly won ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez (Honda). Third was Rossi's teammate Maverick Vinales. Even he missed the Italian in the finish 10.8 seconds. It was Rossi of starting position two clearly before Vinales entered the race and to the sixth round on the podium. But then the 40-year-old had beaten his own teammate and lost in the episode more and more ground.
Although Rossi held in fourth place, he could not keep up with the pace of the top 3. A surprise for the Yamaha rider: "We are not happy, but somewhat disappointed, because I and my team had expected to be stronger and to fight for the podium, not only because I was on the front row, but in Rossi fights with blunt weapons at Silverstone "I knew Marquez was a bit faster," Rossi continues, "but did not expect Rins, I wanted to do a race like Maverick very similar to our pace Unfortunately, I had more problems with the rear tire and the rear wheel grip today and from the beginning my pace was not fantastic. "In the second half of the 20-lap race, the Italian was then mainly occupied to finish to save, "because the tire was destroyed," he reports. So Rossi was not the only one: "My rear tire, like that of Cal (Crutchlow) and Jack (Miller), was badly damaged at the end and I think Franco (Morbidelli, editor) had some problems with it." Tire manufacturer Michelin He therefore makes no reproach. "I think that's up to us first and foremost," the Yamaha rider admits. "Compared to Maverick and (Fabio) Quartararo, I always have a bit more to fight for when it comes to rear grip, with the hot temperatures that was the case again today." Carbon swinging arm? "Yamaha often asked" Rossi explains the difference with the example of his team-mate: "Maverick did a lot of laps with this tire yesterday and his pace was the same as it was yesterday." I was as good as Maverick yesterday, but had more problems today than I did So we have to understand how we can better spare the rear tire or suffer less from it. "A carbon swinging arm, as used by the competition, could provide a remedy. But Yamaha is not yet at the start. "I have asked for it very often, because I think and hope that the carbon swingarm can help us," says Rossi. "That's why I hope Yamaha will provide it as soon as possible, and maybe soon." Whether that could be the case at the upcoming Misano test (August 29-30), the Yamaha rider was not elicited, stressed but: "It's an important test, we have two days to give us the opportunity to push the development of the bike for 2020, but also to make a few improvements for this year." Vinales complains top speed, but sees progressThe biggest construction sites remain acceleration and top speed, as confirmed by Vinales at Silverstone. "This track is one of the worst for our engine," notes the third place winner. "We have to keep working on that, we have very strong and very weak points on our bike, the latter has to be fixed." However, the engine development for this season is frozen. With the top speed disadvantage, one will have to continue living with Yamaha so for now. He was also noticeable on this race weekend. "On the straights, we lose a lot, compared to a loss of 0.3-0.4 seconds per lap," analyzes Vinales. "You have to move the bike on the limit." "But we have made progress, especially in grip," admits the Spaniard. "As we continue to work on the chassis, I think we can compete in all races, the Misano test will be important, we have some new parts that should suit my riding style." Late on the way to the top does not pay off "I was riding my own bike for the most part and I fought with myself lap by lap, especially on this track it's difficult, the rhythm and the concentration But I was able to get the most out of the bike and I'm confident we can improve at the next race. "By the end of the 20 laps Vinales was able to catch up to Marquez-Rins' top duo for an attack but it was not enough. "I caught up when they just started dueling, otherwise it would have been more difficult because we were at a similar level and being alone meant I could not benefit from any slipstream," the Yamaha rider explains I think we got the best out, if not a bit more, because when we look at the lap times, we were really close. " For Vinales it was the fifth podium of the season. In the overall standings, he is with 118 points in fifth place, directly ahead of teammate Rossi, who comes to 116 points.