Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi continued their work at the Valencia MotoGP Official Test, eager to collect as much data as possible for the upcoming Jerez Test next week. They enjoyed a positive second day at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo, testing the new engine and chassis. Their enthusiasm about the new parts showed in the results: Viñales took first both Day 2 and in the combined test results, while Rossi set the ninth fastest time of this day and was tenth in the combined standings.
Viñales was pleased with the new prototype bike on the first day of the test and continued the positive vibes today as he noticed consistent progress on each run. The Spaniard picked up where he had left off yesterday, working on the 2020-engine spec and trying to further tweak the prototype’s chassis set-up. He rode a total of 67 laps and bettered his personal best time from the first day by 0.478s, setting a 1'29.849s on his 56th lap, making him the only rider to dip under the 1'30s during the test. He ended the session in first place, leading a Yamaha top 3. The result puts him also in first position in the combined test timesheets.
Rossi was on the case again on the second day of testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, underlining his dedication to his beloved sport by clocking 68 laps in total. The Doctor had nothing but positive feedback for the new prototype YZR-M1 and was, like his team-mate, fully focused on getting the new engine and chassis in perfect shape before testing them again in one week’s time. He set a 1'30.781s towards the end of the day, enough to put him in ninth position in the rankings, 0.932s from today's best time. The lap earned him tenth place in the overall Valencia Test results.
The Yamaha engineers will thoroughly go over all the data of the Valencia Test, in order for the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team to make another step at the joint private Jerez Test held on 25th – 26th of November.
“For sure, it has been a positive start to the new ‘racing year’. Yesterday both riders tried the new prototype bike for the very first time and their impressions were quite positive, especially considering the engine, because that’s where we put the focus on for this test. The new engine is smoother than last year’s, and we also increased the top speed to a certain extent, allowing us to improve. We didn’t have any problems during these two days of testing. As a matter a fact, the work on the engine went so well that we also had time to start on improving the chassis set-up at the end of the day. We will spend some time on that next week, because we will go to another track in a few days’ time. Jerez has a different lay-out and characteristics. We want to try the same specification at that circuit as we have run here, because we can’t base our verdict on new parts on a one-time performance. This is really important, especially for evaluating the engine. We aim to improve our general package there: chassis, engine, and electronics. This prototype is a completely new bike, with the aim of improving all the areas without losing the positive points Yamaha bikes traditionally have. That’s still our goal.”
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP RIDER
“Today was similar to yesterday. The new chassis works quite well, I’m happy. I kept working on the engine and it feels like run by run we are making little steps. For sure, we are working very hard, but it’s not enough yet. We have to keep working, but this test was positive because we brought significant changes and that’s the most important. Honestly, the grip here in Valencia was fantastic during the test, so if the grip is lower in Jerez, we will know more. At the moment I feel there’s potential and we have to understand how to realise it. The Jerez track’s lay-out is totally different. It’s a good track for a test, because usually if the bike goes well there it goes well everywhere. There we will see how strong we are.”
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP RIDER
“It was a positive test, I'm quite happy because we worked well. It was very important for us to try the new bike, the 2020 prototype. It's good, it's not so bad. We have a lot of work to do, but we improved. We also had some changes in the team, a new Chief Mechanic, so it is very important to understand the new team dynamic and try to work together. Both the new bike and the personnel change turned out positive and at the end I'm in P9 today. We improved the pace a lot with the used tyre, which is very important.”