The 2023 season is extremely challenging for Yamaha, which they ended without a win in the penultimate place in the constructors' standings. Despite many problems last season, team principal Massimo Meregalli believes that better times are ahead for Yamaha. After the end of the test day in Valencia, where Alex Rins tested their motorcycle for the first time, Meregalli spoke to the press about the work done by the team. "We have a long and tiring season behind us, but Tuesday's test was still very important for us. The wind was quite a bit of a problem for us, but we made good use of the 7 hours we were given. Fabio and I mostly focused on three things. The biggest emphasis was on aerodynamics. Secondly, we focused on the powertrain for next season and the new chassis. Alex got used to the bike so quickly that here
Franco Morbidelli still enjoys the full confidence of the Yamaha team despite his rather mediocre results since his return from injury. As team manager Massimo Meregalli emphasized, they still believe that the Italian can regain the form that graced him in the 2020 season, when he finished as world runner-up. Let's remind Morbidelli that he ended the season in second place as a Petronas team racer with a 2019 motorcycle. Last season, in which he earned a place in the Yamaha factory team after the early departure of Maverick Vinales, was marked by injuries. This is also why he had a lot of problems adapting to this year's motorcycle. He currently sits a mere nineteenth in the overall standings with twenty-five points, while his team-mate Fabio Quartararo is the leader. That's why they did
Yamaha team leader Massimo Meregalli, after the punishment of Fabio Quartararo, once again pointed out the inconsistency of the race commissioners. As far as I am concerned, the punishment itself is too harsh compared to past incidents. The race commissioners awarded the Frenchman a long lap penalty for the fall with which he pushed Aleix Espargaro into the sand at the next race in Silverstone. According to them, the maneuver was too ambitious and thus not doomed to success. Fabio went to Aprilia's garage immediately after the race and also apologized to Espargaro. According to Meregalli, this should be the conclusion of this incident. At the same time, he reminded of the race in Barcelona, where the commissioners did not punish Nakagami. When the Japanese fell in the sand at the beginning of the race, he also took Bagnaia and Rinsa into the sand. The latter suffered a broken wrist at the time.