The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1s looked even more impressive under the floodlights in Qatar. Notably, the bikes featured a special India Yamaha Motor (IYM) Pvt Ltd. logo on the front, just for the Qatar test, as the company are currently celebrating the start of their new brand campaign 'THE CALL OF THE BLUE'.
Viñales was quickly up to speed. The Spaniard had been looking forward to continuing the work he had started at the Sepang test two weeks ago. The conditions today were very different due to the cooler night temperatures, making for excellent circumstances to further examine his bike's settings. His hard work paid off. He set the best time of the day, a 1'55.051s, on lap 48/50, topping the timesheets with a 0.108s-margin over his closest rival.
Rossi was also eager to get back to work and followed the same strategy as his teammate, using the early hours of the evening to get most of the work done, before putting his head down about an hour before the end of the session. The Doctor knows like no other how important thorough experimenting can be, and he availed himself of today's opportunity to finetune his bike, especially since the current conditions should be similar to those expected for the upcoming race, held in a fortnight's time. The Italian dropped a 1'55.604s on lap 42/47 to end the day 0.553s behind his teammate.