Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi successfully signed off their testing programme at the second official IRTA test today, securing first and twelfth place respectively in the combined standings.
Phillip Island (Australia), 17th February 2017
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP ended the Phillip
Island MotoGP Official Test with
positive findings today. With the importance still firmly
set on bettering tyre life and improving their race pace, Maverick
Viñales and Valentino Rossi completed the third and final day of testing taking first and eleventh place
respectively in today's timesheets and first and twelfth in the combined
This morning, Viñales was once again on the attack in the early stages of the eight-hour session. Making the most of his YZR-M1's nimble character at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit he dropped the best time of the test, a 1'28.549s on lap 13, within the first hour to slot into first place in the rankings with a margin of 0.294s.
The young Spaniard’s attention shifted to the last details of his bike's setting in the afternoon before it was time for two race simulations. Posting strings of low to mid 1’29s, he completed 101 laps today. All the while, his best time remained unchallenged, leaving Viñales unbeaten in the overall results of the first three 2017 MotoGP pre-season tests in Valencia, Sepang and Phillip Island.
Teammate Rossi had a more challenging outing, but stayed focused on his goal. Determined to give his engineers as much data as possible to base the next development steps on, he worked down his testing checklist, making decisions on various settings.
In the afternoon, the Italian embraced the last opportunity to lessen his bike’s tyre degradation at the Phillip Island circuit, which is known to be hard on tyres. He completed a total of 52 laps today. His fastest morning time, a 1’29.470s, initially earned him provisional sixth place, 0.921s behind his teammate. However, as his competitors’ pace quickened throughout the day, Rossi was pushed back to eleventh.
The team and Japanese engineers will go over the data to prepare the next steps ahead of the upcoming MotoGP season. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action at the Qatar MotoGP Official Test from March 10th - 12th.