Yamaha MotoGP Phillip Island Testing
The young Spaniard‘s attention shifted to the last details of his bike’s setting in the afternoon before it was time for two race simulations. Posting strings of low to mid 1‘29s, he completed 101 laps today. All the while, his best time remained unchallenged, leaving Viñales unbeaten in the overall results of the first three 2017 MotoGP pre-season tests in Valencia, Sepang and Phillip Island.
Yamaha MotoGP Testing
Teammate Rossi had a more challenging outing, but stayed focused on his goal. Determined to give his engineers as much data as possible to base the next development steps on, he worked down his testing checklist, making decisions on various settings.
In the afternoon, the Italian embraced the last opportunity to lessen his bike‘s tyre degradation at the Phillip Island circuit, which is known to be hard on tyres. He completed a total of 52 laps today. His fastest morning time, a 1‘29.470s, initially earned him provisional sixth place, 0.921s behind his teammate. However, as his competitors‘ pace quickened throughout the day, Rossi was pushed back to eleventh.
The team and Japanese engineers will go over the data to prepare the next steps ahead of the upcoming MotoGP season. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action at the Qatar MotoGP Official Test from March 10th – 12th.
The extended imagery of the 3rd MotoGP Test day at Phillip Island is available on www.yamahamotogp.com