Movistar Yamaha MotoGP?s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were back on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today to continue the development of new items for their 2017 YZR-M1. The teammates finished second and tenth respectively in the 2017 MotoGP Catalunya Test times.
Today the Yamaha Factory riders were each able to test one of the two new frames available. Tomorrow they will switch to get a feel for the other option.
After a challenging outing yesterday, Viñales was a man on a mission: he was one of the first riders to venture out on track again this morning and the last to return to the pit box as the session closed. His goal for today was to try one of the new frames as well as improve his feeling with the bike in hot conditions. Whilst consistently featuring at the top of the charts for most of the day, the Spaniard wasn?t shy to put in 81 laps in total and set a best time of 1?44.437s on his penultimate lap to finish in second position, 0.366s off the front.
Teammate Rossi also made strides in the blistering Catalan sunshine. He started the day by setting the provisional fastest time of the session on his fifth lap, before it was time to switch his focus to the fine-tuning of his bike. The Doctor spent the day testing various settings along with the second new frame option and came back with positive feedback. After completing 71 laps, he ended the day in tenth place with a fastest lap of 1’45.635s, 1.564s from the top.
Following the progress booked today, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team have decided to stay at the Barcelona circuit for one further day to conduct a private test.
The Monster Yamaha Tech3 team riders got straight back on their Yamaha YZR-M1 bikes today as they achieved confidence boosting results at the post race Catalunya test. Jonas Folger impressively finished the blazing hot test in 3rd and as the top independent rider. The young German sampled a different chassis and also focused on the electronics of his bike. Whilst Johann Zarco continued the positive momentum by making firm steps forward regarding suspension settings as he ran on used tyres. After achieving success today, both riders now optimistically eye up the Motul TT Assen, which commences on the 23rd of June.
1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 44.071s
2. Maverick Vinales SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 44.437s +0.366s
3. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 44.972s +0.901s
4. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 45.003s +0.932s
5. Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 45.046s +0.975s
6. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 45.296s +1.225s
7. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 45.452s +1.381s
8. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 45.565s +1.494s
9. Tito Rabat GBR Estrella Galica 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 45.582s +1.511s
10. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 45.635s +1.564s
11. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 45.863s +1.792s
12. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galica 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 45.897s +1.826s
13. Pol Espargaro SPA KTM MotoGP Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 46.107s +2.036s
14. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 46.130s +2.059s
15. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.389s +2.318s
16. Mika Kallio FIN KTM Test Rider (RC16) 1m 46.405s +2.334s
17. Alex Rins SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 46.490s +2.419s
18. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 47.055s +2.984s