After a wet start to the Gran Premio de Europa, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi’s replacement rider Garrett Gerloff enjoyed some drier track time at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo in this afternoon’s FP2 session. They ended the day in 11th and 19th place respectively in the combined free practice rankings.
Viñales knows he will have to start Sunday's GP from pit lane and fully focused on race set-up rather than one-lap pace in FP2. Numerous yellow flags impeded the possibilities of setting a fast lap. He wrapped up the day just outside the top 10, in 11th position, with a best time of 1’33.410s, set on lap 21/21, 0.882s from the top in both the FP2 and combined free practice results.
Gerloff already showed a strong pace in the wet session in the morning and was excited to take a further step in the afternoon. The Yamaha rider put his head down, this time experiencing the Michelin slicks for the first time. He impressed by briefly riding the M1 to a provisional top-5 placement in the second half of the session. He ultimately ended his MotoGP debut with a 1'34.107s best time, set on lap 16/20. His effort earned him 19th place in the FP2 and combined timesheets, 1.579s from first.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are delighted to confirm that Rossi’s second PCR test also came back negative this afternoon. He has been reunited with his crew and will be taking part in the remaining sessions of the European GP.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team want to sincerely thank Gerloff for his enthusiasm, professionalism, and astounding effort while stepping in for Rossi.