After a slow start to the second day of testing at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team worked relentlessly through all the items on their Valencia MotoGP Official Testing list.
Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi had to wait at the start of the seven-hour session for both the track and ambient temperatures to increase a bit, before hopping back aboard their YZR-M1s. The Spaniard was the first of the two to venture out. After a strong first day of testing, he entered the track fully motivated to continue comparing the different fairings and engines.
Later in the afternoon Viñales focused on bettering his bike’s set-up. Though he had already completed 80 laps yesterday, he wasn’t holding back. He rode another 66 laps today and finished in fifth place with a 1’30.640s, 0.607s from the front, set on his 61st lap.
Rossi also had a busy second day in the Valencia test. He arrived in the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pit box shortly after his teammate and followed the same testing programme, energetically tackling every item on today’s schedule. He completed more than two full race distances.
The Italian spent the majority of his time on track testing the various chassis, rather than doing a time attack. Though he was unable to improve his time of yesterday, he climbed up to seventh place with a 1’30.724s on his 51st lap out of 62 laps in total, to end the second day 0.691s from first.
The team will enjoy a short break before they will continue their 2018 pre-season testing with a private outing at the Sepang International Circuit in a little less than two weeks’ time.
Johann Zarco made further steps forward today as he concluded the post-GP Valencia test with an impressive charge to 3rd. The French stars time left him only 0.003 from 2nd as he finished as the leading Yamaha rider. Now, the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team rider confidently eyes up the forthcoming campaign where he hopes to challenge for podiums at every round.