The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team kicked off the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky today at the Automotodrom Brno circuit. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi used the morning and afternoon sessions to the fullest to tune their bikes to their liking and find edge grip. They rode to fifth and twelfth place respectively in the combined timesheets in the afternoon.
Viñales followed up the slightly eventful morning free practice with a useful afternoon session. He already had a good feeling in the morning, despite a small crash due to bumps on the track. This afternoon he concentrated on improving his bike’s setting, adjusting it to the hotter conditions that are expected to be similar to those in Sunday’s race. The number-12 rider was in third place when, with 15 minutes left on the clock, the times started to drop. He posted a 1'56.668s for fifth place in the FP3 and the combined timesheets, 0.166s from first.
Rossi noticed a lack of grip in the FP1 session, and this continued to be a theme throughout FP2. He used the 45 minutes of afternoon track time to perfect his bike's set-up, using the nimble character of the M1 to the fullest. The Doctor held a place inside the combined FP timesheets top 10 with his 1’57.646s morning lap, but he felt there was more in it for him. In the final stages, the Italian managed to improve his time with a 1'57.290s, but it wasn’t quite enough. He ended the first day in twelfth position in the FP3 and the combined free practice standings, 0.788s from the front.