Rossi quickest at MotoGP Brno test

  After the weekend’s Czech Grand Prix, MotoGP crews stayed behind to test various settings and aerodynamics packages. Following a fantastic race, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, winner of the race, and Dani Pedrosa completed the one-day test session with some positive strides. Valentino Rossi finished fastest in the test, followed by Marquez and Maverick Vinales.

At the end of the day both Repsol Honda riders were satisfied with the progress made in several areas of the bike’s setup, focusing on electronics, suspension settings and race pace. They also tried a selection of new Michelin tyres.

Marquez was second fastest overall, with a time of 1:55.180 on lap 49 of 67. Pedrosa, who suffered a small, mid-afternoon tumble in turn 3, finished the day seventh with a 1:55.795 on lap 37 of 53.

Championship rivals Rossi and Viñales successfully rounded up a long weekend at Brno. Both Yamaha riders tried out a new aero fairing and new carbon front forks from Öhlins and some other items, and secured first and third place respectively in the day’s timesheets.

Rossi got straight down to business when he hit the track, comparing various parts and settings with positive results. The Doctor completed 52 laps in total, and really put his head down on the last stint to go top on lap 51 with a 1:55.162s, 1.930s quicker than his fastest time in Sunday‘s race. He wrapped up the day leading with a 0.018s margin over Marquez.

Viñales needed little time to get back into the strong rhythm he showed in the race, and posted a best time of 1:55.679s in the first half. In the second half he gave the new aero fairing a try.  The Spaniard responded with a 1:55.335s, on lap 64 of 69 in total, and ended the day in third place, 0.173s from his teammate, and is looking forward to the Austrian Grand Prix with a positive feeling.

Ducati factory riders and several satellite squads” riders were on duty for the one-day test. Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso took advantage of perfect weather conditions to do important set-up work and back-to-back tests on several new components, and the Italian rider also used the new aerodynamic package, raced on Sunday by his team-mate, for the first time.

Next up on the agenda is the Austrian Grand Prix at the scenic Red Bull Ring.