There were mixed fortunes for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s MotoGP riders, as they experienced varied conditions on the opening day of the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, with Andrea Dovizioso ninth and Valentino Rossi 21st.
Waiting 15 minutes before heading out in FP1, to see what the rain would do, Dovizioso used the time to adjust to the conditions, before setting a 1min 42.182secs lap at the end of the 45 minutes. He ended FP1 in 18th place. The drier conditions of FP2 suited the Italian, who was able to stay inside the top ten for the majority of the session. ‘Dovi’ momentarily held second with a 1min 31.597secs lap, but ultimately ended FP2 ninth.
Rossi opted for a risk-free strategy in the wet FP1 this morning, heading out 15 minutes into the session for four unclassified laps around Circuit Ricardo Tormo, the fastest of which was 1min 52.981secs. The afternoon’s FP2 session proved to be a challenging one for the Italian, who will make his final MotoGP appearance this weekend. At the end of the 45 minutes Valentino’s best lap – 1min 32.285secs – placed him 21st.
FP3 for Dovizioso and Rossi will begin at 9.55am local time (4.55pm MYT) tomorrow, with the first of the two MotoGP Qualifying sessions getting underway at 2.10pm local time (9.10pm MYT).