Today Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi completed the third and final day of the 2017 pre-season test. The Factory Yamaha duo were able to enjoy a good amount of track time and concluded the test in first and sixth place respectively in the overall standings.
Losail (Qatar), 12th March 2017
Today the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team
successfully completed the MotoGP Official Test in Qatar. Continuing
their strategy to wait for sunset before revving up their engines, Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi spent the day
perfecting their racing set-up, setting the first and eleventh fastest time of
the day respectively.
Viñales used today’s outings on the Losail International Circuit to their full capacity. He opted to continue fine-tuning his bike, looking for the optimum balance on the YZR-M1 to increase his margin over the rest of the MotoGP field.
As the session progressed, so did the Spaniard's efforts. He once again proved his status as the man to beat, when he set a 1’54.330s just before the end of the fourth hour. This hot lap remained unchallenged for the rest of the session. Viñales proceeded with a long run to wrap up the test with vital information on fuel consumption and tyre degradation, bringing his tally for today up to 60 laps. He finished the day in first place, 0.071s ahead of his closest rival in both today’s and the combined results.
Rossi had a more challenging time as he struggled to find the same feeling he had yesterday. The Italian had a productive day, determined to shape up for the MotoGP season, putting in 54 laps in total.
Around halfway through the session he set his fastest time of the day, a 1'55.185s. Unable to further improve on his time as the temperatures went down, the Italian settled for eleventh position in today’s results, 0.855s from his teammate. However, Rossi ended up in sixth place in the combined standings, thanks to the 1’54.732s lap that he set yesterday.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will return to the Losail circuit in two weeks' time to officially kick off the 2017 MotoGP World Championship.