Andrea Locatelli still can't find the right form and show his qualities the way he should. The Yamaha team boss, as well as other team members, believe in him. The team is aware that this is his second season and that patience is needed.
However, considering his talent, many expect even more from Locatelli. Yamaha team boss, Paul Denning, believes that Locatelli needs to make a step forward that will give him additional motivation and self-confidence. “Yeah, I think [it is] confidence,” Denning told Motorsport.com.
“He's again doing a good job of not making mistakes, he is fourth in the championship. Technically we had a couple of challenges in Donington that we didn't expect on his side. He had a good race in Assen when he finished second after Jonathan and Toprak crashed into each other.
I think he needs a result, he needs to sort of believe [in himself]. It's not only Locatelli, all the riders behind the top three need to fight with those riders for a race and believe they can do it. Once you make that step then the next step of confidence is easier to find.
Right now he needs a result and then he can build on that result”.
Andrea Locatelli on his team
Locatelli is aware that he has improved a lot since the previous season, but it is necessary for him to make even more progress.
His results at the moment are not enough for the podium. Locatelli will have to think carefully about the next races and what he should do. Interesting races and challenges await him in which he will certainly give his best. The question is, will it be enough at this moment? “Honda is coming and BMW is coming, so I need to improve a little bit more,” he said.
“With respect to last year, I am faster, also in the races, but I need to try and stay in the front and try to take good results. Last year if I did the same race time [as in the second race at Most] I would have been in P4, and in Race 1 I would have been on the podium.
I’ve improved a lot in the race time but the result is worse. I'm not so happy about the results. I need to try to do something to improve a little bit more”. Yamaha is aware that it has a quality rider, but it is necessary to work on the details.