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Monster Energy Yamaha Start 2020 Campaign with Valencia Test

Monster Energy Yamaha Start 2020 Campaign with Valencia Test

After a one-day break, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team ’celebrated‘ the start of a new racing season at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo, kicking off the 2020 pre-season with new prototype Yamahas. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi concluded the first day of the Valencia MotoGP Official Test in second and ninth place respectively.

Maverick Viñales has already shared with the media to be fully motivated at the start of the testing season. He entered the track a little after 11 o‘clock, leaving him, in theory, with six further hours before the session‘s end. The Spaniard used this opportunity to work on tyre consumption, his riding style, his rhythm, and to take the new prototype YZR-M1 out for a spin, with very competitive results. Three hours later he was in provisional first place with a 1‘30.593s. He kept working on his pace rather than putting in a time-attack, but did manage to improve his time to a 1'30.327 on his penultimate run. The only rider that could beat this lap was Fabio Quartararo, putting Viñales in second place, with a 0.164s margin, having completed 66 laps in total.

Valentino Rossi also returned to the scene of the Valencia Grand Prix, the Ricardo Tormo circuit, in the morning, to welcome his new Crew Chief David Muñoz. Though vastly experienced, the former Moto2 Sky VR46 Racing Team Chief Mechanic is new to the premier class, so this first day of 2020 MotoGP testing was an important step to get the new partnership going. The Doctor commenced his testing after 11 o‘clock. The Italian used the available testing time to try to compare and contrast the new bike items and specs, giving positive feedback. Like his team-mate his main goal was prolonging tyre life. He posted a best time of 1‘31.012s on lap 57/73, which put him in ninth position, 0.849s from the top.

Maverick Viñales

For me it has been a really good test so far, because I worked a lot on my riding style and on my rhythm, and it seems like we improved. Today the grip level was quite good, so maybe we need to keep in mind that we still need to work on this when there‘s lower grip, but I was feeling really good on the bike today. We were especially working on reducing rear tyre degradation and we worked really well. I had a great rhythm on the last laps of a race distance on one tyre and that‘s key and also important for our work tomorrow. The prototypes are good. I‘m very happy. We are riding the bike in a good way and that‘s the most important. We are trying to save some tyres for tomorrow, because then we will try to create a better set-up. Today we just rode with the hard tyre and I felt great. Tomorrow we know more.

Valentino Rossi

Today was not so bad. We continue to work on the prototype of the 2020 bike that is a bit different, and the feeling is positive. We also worked a bit on the tyres and the setting, and at the end we found something good. It became better and better towards the end of the day, and I had quite a good pace, so we will try to continue like this tomorrow.