Today the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team have wrapped up the second day of testing at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand. Riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales spent the available time fine-tuning their bikes’ settings and finished in 4th and 14th place respectively in the combined timesheets.
Similar to yesterday, Viñales left pit lane early for his first run, determined to improve on the time he set yesterday aboard his YZR-M1, and to collect useful data in preparation for the forthcoming season.
The young Spaniard worked hard all day, riding a total of 90 laps, as he tweaked the set-up and tested two different Michelin tyre specifications. He had a bit of a breakthrough in the final half hour of the session and set a 1’30.274s on lap 84. His efforts put him in fourth place in both today’s and the combined rankings, 0.305s from the top.
Rossi breached into the top-10 quickly after heading out on track this morning. He set his fastest lap of the day with a 1’30.888s on lap 22, before he returned to the order of the day: establishing a good balance for his bike.
Like his teammate, the Doctor put in a serious effort, riding 65 laps in total, to compare different tyre specifications as well as some electronics and setting amendments. Though he was unable to find a set-up that worked well enough to better the time he set earlier, he still ended in 14th place in the Day 2 rankings, 0.919s from first.
Johann Zarco and Hafizh Syahrin both turned up the pace on the second day of testing at the newly introduced Chang International Circuit. Johann Zarco did an amazing job in Thailand’s blistering heat to power to a time that was 0.945 seconds quicker than his pace on day one and finished close to the top in 5th position.
On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage Hafizh Syahrin adapted well to Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike on just his second day in the premier class. The Malaysian newcomer cut 1.167 seconds from his quickest lap yesterday, which made him leave a first fellow MotoGP rookie behind.