The M1 for years was branded a rider-friendly motorbike, with the likes of Johann Zarco, Jonas Folger and Fabio Quartararo over the previous few seasons in a position to leap on the bike and rating podiums of their debut seasons.
The 2020 M1 proved to be a more durable bike to handle, with the older body dropping cornering efficiency in comparison with the 2019 chassis.
And whereas the 2021 chassis has higher turning capabilities, Quartararo notes he’s having to push the bike a lot more durable than he did in 2019 to make quick lap occasions.
“I feel I used to be struggling a bit bit with the 2020 bike, as a result of coming from 2019, the distinction was with my using type the extra I pushed, the slower I’m going,” he defined after qualifying second on Saturday. “And with the 2020 and ’21 [bike] it’s essential to push like hell to make the lap time and it’s not likely the way in which I wish to journey, nevertheless it’s the way in which the bike is working.
“So, I feel it’s fairly completed the story of Yamaha being a straightforward bike. We have to push like hell to make the lap time. I evaluated [being] a bit bit aggressive on the bike, however I’m additionally comfy like this.
“We have to work on that method for qualifying and attempt to be nice on the finish of the race on tempo as a result of it’s two other ways of using in qualifying and within the race. We might want to separate properly the 2 jobs.”
Manufacturing unit teammate Maverick Vinales will begin alongside Quartararo for the opening spherical of 2021, after pipping Petronas SRT’s Valentino Rossi to 3rd on the loss of life of qualifying.
Vinales displayed robust future tempo within the previous FP4 session, however admits he nonetheless must “perceive the strengths” of the 2021 M1 in a race state of affairs.
“From my viewpoint, nonetheless we have to perceive the strengths of the bike,” he stated. “For positive it’s not a straightforward bike to overhaul on, however right here in Qatar there are numerous spots the place you don’t want a quick bike to overhaul.
“Positive, it will likely be exhausting however we have to perceive how you can take out the utmost potential of the bike to overhaul, possibly it may be with nook pace or braking late. We all know we will cross in lots of locations right here in Qatar, so tomorrow we’ve a transparent spot the place we will assault.”
SRT’s Franco Morbidelli ended qualifying the slowest Yamaha in seventh having topped FP3 and been pegged because the favorite by Ducati’s Jack Miller on Friday.
He revealed his pace dips considerably within the night periods and his ‘A-spec’ M1 has “two completely different personalities” from day to nighttime.
“It appears to be like like we’re lacking some pace within the evening, so for tomorrow we are going to attempt to no less than steadiness the 2 completely different personalities that we’ve,” he stated. “When the solar is out we’re actually quick, we’re extremely quick. However when the evening comes, we’re nonetheless quick however not sufficient.
“So, tomorrow we’re going to attempt one thing to extend our pace at evening.”