Movistar Yamaha Complete Catalunya MotoGP Test2018-06-19 13:30
Less than a day after the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team were back in action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Catalunya MotoGP Official Test. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were keen on spending the extra track time usefully, working on their bikes' race set-ups. They clocked the 9th and 14th fastest time of the day respectively.
Viñales once again showed his impeccable work ethic as he worked around the clock to better his bike‘s race set-up whilst riding with a full tank. He completed a total of 85 laps, looking for improvements and testing small details of the settings. He ended the day dipping under the 1‘40s-mark, dropping a 1‘39.797s on lap 81. His fastest lap earned him ninth place, 0.881s from first.
Having secured his third consecutive third place of the 2018 MotoGP season yesterday, Rossi arrived at the track motivated to make another step forward. Rather than wanting to set a fast time, the Doctor worked on acceleration, trying solutions he hadn‘t been able to test during the race weekend, and also ran a new tyre for Michelin. He completed 58 laps in total. His fastest time, a 1‘40.124s lap set on lap 13, put him in 14th place in the rankings, 1.208s from today‘s fastest time.
The team will analyse the gained data in preparation for the Motul TT Assen, held at the TT Circuit Assen from June 29th – July 1st.
Our riders spent today‘s time following their own testing plans. Maverick worked on his race set-up, riding with a full tank, whilst Valentino tried a new Michelin tyre and some options to improve acceleration. Some of the things we tried today were more successful than others, so we will take this information on board for the next GP. This championship is still open in terms of the rider, constructor, and team standings, so we will continue to work hard to prepare for the next round in Assen.
We‘ve been working a lot with a full tank, especially concentrating on the first five-six laps, where I struggled the most. I think we improved a lot at the end, in the afternoon, and I‘m happy about that. I tried to sit a bit more backwards, because I thought I could ride better like that. It didn‘t turn out that way, because it upsets the front. Finally, the bike was the same, we just tried different set-ups to make the front tyre work. I think we did a good job today, but it‘s just a test day, we need to prove it during a race. I hope to come back strong in Assen and be able to push from the beginning of the race. The bike is there, I just need to make the first five laps in a good rhythm.
We had some new stuff for today, to try to improve the acceleration. We worked hard, also on some other details and we tried a tyre for Michelin, for the future, that I like and it‘s not so bad. Unfortunately we weren‘t able to improve our performance and acceleration, but yesterday's third place gives us great motivation for the next races.
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Catalunya MotoGP Official Test - Final Results
CATALUNYA MOTOGP IRTA TEST RESULTS
1. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1'38.916
2. A. IANNONE TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'39.020
3. T. RABAT REALE AVINTIA RACING 1'39.362
4. D. PETRUCCI ALMA PRAMAC RACING 1'39.488
5. J. ZARCO MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1'39.534
6. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA CASTROL 1'39.727
7. D. PEDROSA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1'39.738
8. A. RINS TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'39.793
9. M. VIÑALES MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1'39.797
10. J. MILLER ALMA PRAMAC RACING 1'39.799
11. A. ESPARGARÒ APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1'39.915
12. F. MORBIDELLI EG 0,0 MARC VDS 1'40.004
13. H. SYAHRIN MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1'40.108
14. V. ROSSI MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1'40.124
15. B. SMITH RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING 1'40.462
Source: Yamaha Motor Racing
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