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PETRONAS Yamaha SRT Complete Important Laps at Misano Test

PETRONAS Yamaha SRT Complete Important Laps at Misano Test

Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso 14th and 20th respectively after two days in Misano.

PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing has enjoyed two days of testing at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, where they have been able to gather valuable data and rack up crucial kilometres. The Misano Test concluded with Valentino Rossi 14th and Andrea Dovizioso 20th, who took advantage of this opportunity to continue adapting to the Yamaha YZR-M1.

Rossi opted to start his Misano Test yesterday afternoon, as parts of the track were still damp from the overnight rain at the circuit. Able to reduce his lap time, while testing electronic settings intended to aid traction, ‘Vale’ ended the first day with the 11th fastest time – 1min 32.170secs – and completed 56 laps. The Italian continued where he left off yesterday in testing the settings of his bike, before trialling a new tyre from Michelin. Rossi completed 12 laps today (68 in total) with his quickest lap being 1min 32.842secs, which saw him round out the day in 19th and the test in 14th.

Team-mate Dovizioso, whose main aim of the test was to gain experience on the Yamaha YZR-M1, echoed his team-mate in waiting for the track to dry yesterday. Completing 51 laps yesterday, his best time of 1min 32.665secs saw him end the day 19th. Continuing to adapt his riding style to the Yamaha in today’s two sessions, the Italian also tested various setups and tried the new tyre compound; he also worked on trying new racing lines as well. ‘Dovi’ ends the two-day test in 20th overall with 83 laps under his belt, after doing 32 laps and posting the 18th fastest lap time today – 1min 32.830secs.

PETRONAS Yamaha SRT will now enjoy one weekend of rest, before heading to the United States for the Grand Prix of the Americas (1-3 October).

Valentino Rossi

"It’s true that this has been my last test as a MotoGP rider. Testing is difficult and is the hard part of our job, especially during the season, but this test was a good one for us. Yesterday was particularly useful, as today we only had a small programme. We only had to fix two or three things and we were focused on the small details. It has gone okay and we hope that we have found something a bit better for the final four races. I think we are in a better position to be more competitive. In one week we will race in Austin, which is a great track that I really like, so we will see what happens. We are ready to give it our all."

Andrea Dovizioso

"Today we have tested a lot of things to do with the bike setup, which was very important for me because I don’t know this bike very well yet and I need to understand how different things with it work for me. The speed was similar to yesterday, but the feeling wasn’t great when I put the soft tyre on for the first time and I was better with the medium tyre. This is something we need to improve. I’m still getting used to approaching every corner and braking in a new way, because this bike behaves differently to what I have ridden before, but that will come with time. This test was more for me to adapt to the bike and for me to discover its potential."