Movistar Yamaha Complete the Valencia Test Collecting Valuable Data
After a slow start to the second day of testing at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team worked relentlessly through all the items on their Valencia MotoGP Official Testing list.
Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi had to wait at the start of the seven-hour session for both the track and ambient temperatures to increase a bit, before hopping back aboard their YZR-M1s. The Spaniard was the first of the two to venture out. After a strong first day of testing, he entered the track fully motivated to continue comparing the different fairings and engines.
Later in the afternoon Viñales focused on bettering his bike's set-up. Though he had already completed 80 laps yesterday, he wasn't holding back. He rode another 66 laps today and finished in fifth place with a 1'30.640s, 0.607s from the front, set on his 61st lap.
Rossi also had a busy second day in the Valencia test. He arrived in the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pit box shortly after his teammate and followed the same testing programme, energetically tackling every item on today's schedule. He completed more than two full race distances.
The Italian spent the majority of his time on track testing the various chassis, rather than doing a time attack. Though he was unable to improve his time of yesterday, he climbed up to seventh place with a 1'30.724s on his 51st lap out of 62 laps in total, to end the second day 0.691s from first.
The team will enjoy a short break before they will continue their 2018 pre-season testing with a private outing at the Sepang International Circuit in a little less than two weeks' time.
Position: 5th, Time: 1'30.640, Laps: 66
"Today we were working on the engines and trying to understand this side very well, so we would know which direction to take and I'm quite happy. We worked well over these two days. Sure, yesterday I felt more comfortable on the bike. The track conditions changed a little bit, but I'm satisfied anyway. The team was working well and the good feeling came back, so it's nice to end the test like that. In Sepang I will start the private test as I ended the GP there, because I felt quite good in qualifying, so this is a good point of reference. I hope for at least one day of rain in Malaysia, that would be perfect for us, to try the bike and the electronics and it would also be good to try the new engines in the wet."
Position: 7th, Time: 1'30.724, Laps: 62
"Today we had some work to do, because we had to test and decide on some different engines. It was a long day, but it was positive. We concentrated on that and also tried some other things, nothing great, but in the end it was not so bad. Like I said, we mainly tested on the engines, so I don't know about anything else yet. We'll see in Malaysia."
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Team Director
"Today we worked on further analysing the difference between the chassis and especially the engines. We focused on the development of the bike rather than the time attack and we made decent progress. Though the riders weren't able to improve on their time from yesterday and had a different feeling on the bike due to the change in track conditions, we were able to gather some important data. Maverick and Valentino's feedback has been very similar, which is positive, as it gives us a clear direction to work in. Over the next week we will combine the data with the riders' feedback, so we can prepare further options to try at a private test in Sepang. We hope for at least one day of rain there, so we can make a step in the wet conditions, which was one of the main points for improvement throughout the 2017 season."
Zarco Confirms 2018 Potential with 3rd Place Finish at Valencia Test.
Johann Zarco made further steps forward today as he concluded the post-GP Valencia test with an impressive charge to 3rd. The French stars time left him only 0.003 from 2nd as he finished as the leading Yamaha rider. Now, the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team rider confidently eyes up the forthcoming campaign where he hopes to challenge for podiums at every round.
Position: 3rd, Time: 1'30.439, Laps: 65
"It has been a great day of testing for me and I am happy to see how much I have progressed since last year. I had a very good feeling on the bike, and we were competitive with the lap time. In addition, we also worked on the pace, which is the main target in order to prepare for a race. I tested different chassis and gave my feedback to the team. Now we need to analyse everything in detail so that we know which option is the best. We will keep working but altogether, I can say that we have finished this year in a positive way."