The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team has travelled to the Losail International Circuit to conduct the final three-day official IRTA test before the start of the 2017 MotoGP season.
Losail (Qatar), 10th March 2017
Today Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi got down to work on the
first day of the MotoGP Official Test Losail, securing second and seventh place
respectively. The pair completed multiple stints throughout the late afternoon
and evening, in preparation for the first round of the 2017 MotoGP season to be
held at the same circuit in just two weeks’ time.
Viñales continued his strong pre-season campaign with high confidence. He got up to speed quickly on the YZR-M1, developing a good feeling early on, and went on to set a provisional fastest time of 1’55.734s with three hours of the session left.
In between a total of 60 laps, he provided valuable feedback as he worked on the testing programme. Viñales focused primarily on tyre degradation, fuel consumption, both important points at the Losail Circuit, as well as finding a good race set-up. He posted a best lap of 1’55.179s on lap 49, to clinch second in today’s timesheets, 0.360s from first.
Teammate Rossi also had a productive evening under the Qatar floodlights. Having waited until after 6pm local time before heading out, he completed 48 laps in total, whilst working through an extensive range of setting options with varying weight distribution.
Though focused on improving the feeling of the front of his YZR-M1, he managed to consistently improve his times as well as the feeling with his bike. He was able to set a best time of 1’55.679s and took seventh position in the standings, +0.860s from the front.
Tomorrow the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back on track from 16:00 – 23:00 local track time.