MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP CONCLUDE VALENCIA TEST ON TOP
Maverick Viñales maintained his key protagonist status during the second day of testing at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo. The Spaniard was the only rider to drop under the 1‘30s mark to top the standings for the second day in succession. Valentino Rossi also made strides today under the Valencian sun and spent the afternoon testing the new 2017 chassis and engine and set the seventh fastest time.
18:00 LOCAL TIME GMT+1, AIR 19°C / TRACK 17°C, SUNNY / HUMIDITY 46%
Valencia (Spain), 16th November 2016
Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were back on the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo to continue their 2017 MotoGP testing programme.
Despite having to sit out one hour in the pit box during this second day of testing after the session was red flagged due to two crashes from other riders in turn 12, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team were able to made the most of the perfect riding conditions at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit and assembled useful data.
Maverick Viñales again eagerly entered the track in the morning and was immediately on the pace. Upon his return in the afternoon he focused on bettering his bike‘s set-up and posted an impressive 1‘30.930s on lap 25, for third place, but he was far from done. The 21-year-old rider‘s energy was seemingly inexhaustible as he rode a total of 76 laps and became the first rider to drop under the 1‘30s with a stunning 1‘29.975s on his 66th lap, 0.196s faster than his closest rival.
Valentino Rossi joined the Spaniard later in the day, heading out on track in the afternoon. It only took the nine-time World Champion 13 laps to set a 1‘30.893s, enough to shoot him up the rankings to second. The Doctor preferred to spend his time on testing the new chassis and engine for the 2017 YZR-M1 rather than doing a time attack. He was unable to improve in place, but further improved his time to a 1‘30.709s for seventh place on his final lap, 0.734s from first.
The extended imagery from today’s test session (Day 2) at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit (Valencia, Spain) is available on
MASSIMO MEREGALLI – TEAM DIRECTOR
“We can be very pleased with the progression we are making. Maverick‘s initial nerves have gone now and he is already very strong. It‘s amazing to see him drop a 1‘29s lap so shortly after his transition and we are also very impressed with how accurate his feedback is with so few kilometres under his belt on this bike. Valentino spent the afternoon testing the 2017 spec bike and making comparisons versus the various setting options. Thanks to his assessments we now have a better understanding of how these features affect the bike‘s balance. We will share this data with Yamaha‘s Japanese engineers so they can continue developing these items, but for a first test we are already in a good position.”
“It was a long day because we worked quite a lot and we needed a lot of laps, especially a lot of comparisons between the old and the new engine and the old and the new chassis. We also tried some tyres and we saw that we still have a lot of work to do, but anyway it was quite a positive day. We have to work in general on the entire package, especially the chassis has some good things, but we need a bit more time to find the right setting. As for the engine, this one is the first evolution, but we still need to work to try go faster.”