Within 24 hours after the finish of the Gran Premio de España, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were back on the track at the Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto. They completed the one-day official IRTA test in 4th and 10th place respectively.

Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 7th May 2018

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team spent an extra day in Jerez today, after yesterday's Gran Premio de España, to take part in a one-day Official IRTA Test. Maverick Viñales was the 4th fastest rider, whilst Valentino Rossi wrapped up the testing session in 10th position.

 

After a difficult race weekend, the teammates returned to the track after 11AM to evaluate various settings and testing items.

 

Viñales briefly topped the rankings with his fastest time of the day - a 1'38.139s, set on lap 19 - before he took the opportunity to assess various settings. He ended a full day of testing in fourth place, 0.409s from the top of the timesheets, and completed 64 laps in total. He looks forward to putting the new data to use at the next Grand Prix of France, held in two weeks' time.

 

Teammate Rossi was also motivated to get back to work at the Jerez track, where he completed his 40,075th km of Grand Prix racing (the equivalent of a lap around the world) on lap 15 during yesterday’s race. He put his vast experience to good use today when he compared solutions for his YZR-M1 and tried some new Michelin tyres. He rode 69 laps and took tenth place in the timesheets with a best lap time of 1'38.673s, 0.943s from the fastest rider.

Massimo Meregalli

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

Our main objective for us today was to find a solution to the problems we faced during the weekend. Unfortunately the weather conditions weren't quite as hot and sunny as they were yesterday, but we were still able to successfully compare set-ups by doing back-to-back runs. We also tried some new testing items and it was positive that we noticed a benefit. Now we'll leave the last few days behind us. The new data has lifted the team's mood, and from here we'll fully focus on the future as we prepare for the next Grand Prix in Le Mans.

Maverick Viñales

Maverick Viñales

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Rider

Monday tests are always positive for us, but we need to be strong on Sundays. We have to see in the next few days if we can improve further. Today I enjoyed riding the bike again, but we still have work to do. I finally found a good rhythm, it was nothing special, but a good consistent rhythm all the same. I think the track was much better today, more grippy, especially in the morning. At the next test in Mugello we'll try to get more answers.

 

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Rider

We had a lot of things to do and it was a good test. We tried some different solutions, some were better, some less so, but it was important and we improved a bit. For me, at the next test we'll have something more important to try. The new Michelin tyres are very good, they improved a lot, they gave a lot more grip and you can go faster, so they gave a good feeling.