Obviously Yamaha is not doing well. In the race at the Losail Circuit, Qatar in 2021, the Yamaha racer managed to clean up the victory.
Maverick Vinales fastest in the Qatar MotoGP race. Then Fabio Quartararo took turns to finish first in the Doha MotoGP .
But in the Qatar 2022 edition of the MotoGP , all Yamaha riders slumped. The best result was obtained by Fabio Quartararo, and even then only in ninth position. Then his teammate, Franco Morbidelli worse, eleventh position.
The difficulties of all Yamaha riders in the Qatar 2022 MotoGP race can be seen on the top speed list. The best top speed of the Yamaha YZR-M1 was recorded by Franco Morbidelli: 349.5 km/h.
It was only in position 14 of a total of 24 drivers. Meanwhile, Fabio Quartararo is in 20th place with a top speed of 348.3 km/hour.
For comparison, the top speed list for the Qatar 2022 MotoGP race is filled by Joan Mir from Suzuki: 357.6 km/hour. This means that there is a gap of almost 10 km/hour between Joan Mir’s motorbike and Franco Morbidelli’s. Such a huge difference.
It is clear that the top speed of the Yamaha motorbike is still poor. But in this list there are clearly significant developments from Suzuki motorcycles or even Aprilia. Unfortunately Yamaha tends to walk in place if you don’t want to say it’s even worse.