After a successful first outing around the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit yesterday, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were back on the track today to continue their preparations for the 2017 MotoGP season.
Phillip Island (Australia), 16th February 2017
Today the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team seamlessly picked up
where they left off yesterday in Australia. Maverick Viñales and Valentino
Rossi made the most of the sunny weather conditions on the second day of the Phillip Island MotoGP Official Test. The
pair worked on their race pace and compared chassis, ending the day in first
and eighth place respectively in the timesheets.
Viñales kept up his impressive form today, showing he is also a force to be reckoned with at the flowing and fast Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Just over an hour into the session he became the first rider to drop into the 1’28s, setting a 1’28.847s on lap 21.
With his time-attack out of the way, he used the remaining time of today’s eight-hour session to work on the race pace. The young Spaniard posted several series of consecutive 1’29s laps to underline his protagonist status. He completed a total of 80 laps, all the while remaining unchallenged at the top of the timesheets and left the track this evening as the fastest man, with a comfortable 0.462s lead over his closest rival.
Teammate Rossi also got his head down today to take the development of his YZR-M1 another step further. He spent the morning session getting a feel for the track and soon worked his way up to fifth place before he moved on to trying new Michelin tyres.
The Doctor completed 43 laps before lunch, but it wasn’t all work and no play. After his morning stints, the Italian celebrated his 38th birthday at the Phillip Island track with his crew and a birthday cake.
Back on track in the afternoon, the Doctor completed another 27 laps as he crossed various items off his testing schedule. Whilst trying new bike modifications he was unable to improve on his time from this morning. His best lap, a 1’29.674s, earned him eighth place in the timesheets, 0.827s behind his teammate.