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Movistar Yamaha Find Mojo on First Valencia Test Day

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team successfully completed the first day of the Valencia MotoGP Official Test at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, testing various bike chassis and set-up options. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi had positive feelings after the progress they made today and set the first and fourth fastest time respectively. 

A little more than 1.5 hours into the seven-hour long test session, Viñales started proceedings. He tried exactly the same bike he rode during the Valencia race weekend as well as a new aero fairing. He immediately showed a good pace as he got on the way. After completing six laps he had moved up to second place with a 1’31.306s and then focused on working down the list of testing items.

The young gun tirelessly continued work throughout the afternoon, concentrating on the 2016 bike. He completed 80 laps in total, more than any other of the participating riders. The results of his efforts were eminent. As the sun was lowering, in the final hour of testing, the Spaniard set the fastest time of the day, a 1’30.189s, and held on to the top position by 0.200s as the session came to a close.

Rossi had left the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pitbox just a few minutes before his teammate and set out to draw a comparison between the 2016, 2017 and 2018 chassis. He was planning to thoroughly put the 2018 engine to the test, but a little less than two hours into the session, a crash in turn ten cut his second run short. Luckily the nine-time World Champion was left unharmed and was able to proceed with his testing schedule in the afternoon.

As he returned on track it became clear that the incident hadn’t affected him. He climbed up the order, setting a 1’30.519s on lap 49. The Doctor’s impression of the 2016 bike was especially positive. He ended the day with 63 laps in total under his belt and fourth place in the standings, 0.330s behind his teammate.

After a truly memorable performance at the Valencia GP, Johann Zarco continued the momentum today with another notable display. He explored different options for the forthcoming season before powering to a personal best that left him in 2nd after completing 53 laps. Zarco will be the only rider for Tech3 at the post-season test as Jonas Folger continues to recover.