Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi shared positive feelings today at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto, as the duo worked on tyre degradation and race pace. Their confidence was bolstered for Sunday’s Gran Premio de Andalucía, having made it a 1-2 for the team in the combined free practice results.
Viñales continued to make strides in FP2. He already showed he had the pace in the cooler morning session, but his speed in the hotter conditions was also up to par. The Spaniard worked mainly on preparing for Sunday’s race, determined to take part in another thrilling battle at the front. He clocked a 1’38.107s on lap 20/24, which earned him 5th place in the FP2 timesheets, 0.392s off the fastest time. However, his morning result, a 1’37.063s, secured him 1st position in the combined free practice timesheets with a 0.142s margin over his closest rival, which happens to be his team-mate.
Rossi started the FP2 session with used tyres and the sole aim to check if the improvement he found this morning would also increase his feeling with the tyres in the afternoon heat. Staying inside the top 10 for most of the session, The Doctor confirmed that the feeling with the bike was more to his liking. His 1'38.292s fastest lap, set on lap 23/23, put him in 8th place, 0.577s from P1. But his 1’37.205s from this morning kept him in 2nd position in the combined times, 0.142s from the top.