Vinales tops MotoGP Test at Jerez

  After a challenging outing on Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez, Yamaha MotoGP Team returned to the Circuito de Jerez for a two-day official MotoGP test, which concluded yesterday. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi spent the extra track time usefully, improving their YZR-M1s settings and assembling useful data for the rest of the season. The duo finished in first and twenty-first place respectively in the session times.

Aside from trying out a new spec front tyre that Michelin brought for the MotoGP field to test, the Yamaha Factory Racing riders also evaluated a new chassis.

Viñales showed his eagerness to make another step forward in the first half of the final day, as he headed out onto the track to put in 84 laps in total. Back in his pre-season testing groove, it only took him three laps to take over the top spot in the time sheets. Once he got a feel for the conditions it was time to focus on improving the set-up of his YZR-M1. He improved to a 1:38.635s and remained unbeaten for the rest of the day, finishing 0.002s ahead of his closest rival. “During the Jerez test we tested different things on the bike. The new chassis works quite well. We compared the same set-up from yesterday with the same tyres, to see if it was working good. We had a totally different result compared to yesterday, we had a really good pace,” the young Spaniard said.

After the first day’s dominant 1-2 result by Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, the pair was back on track. The riders tested the new exhaust, as well as tried out the electronics updates and new front tyres.  Marquez lapped more than any other rider and was second-fastest for the day, just 0.002” off the top with his time of 1:38.637” on lap 26 of 96. Pedrosa was also very close, finishing the day third with a time of 1:38.716 on lap 48 of 52, only 0.081 down on the best lap.

After a splendid podium place in the Spanish GP for Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday, the Ducati Team took part in the one-day test session together with the other MotoGP riders. Both Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso took advantage of perfect weather conditions to carry out back-to-back tests with the Michelin tyres, as well as completing various set-up tests on their Desmosedici GP machines.

The MotoGP crews now prepare for the Grand Prix de France, to be held at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit in two weeks’ time.