Movistar Yamaha Test New Chassis in Catalunya

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team followed up a difficult weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a successful IRTA test day

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Maverick Vinales, Catalunya Test Session 2017Courtesy of Movistar Yamaha

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were back on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today to continue the development of new items for their 2017 YZR-M1. The teammates finished second and tenth respectively in the 2017 MotoGP Catalunya Test times.

Today the Yamaha Factory riders were each able to test one of the two new frames available. Tomorrow they will switch to get a feel for the other option.

After a challenging outing yesterday, Viñales was a man on a mission: he was one of the first riders to venture out on track again this morning and the last to return to the pit box as the session closed. His goal for today was to try one of the new frames as well as improve his feeling with the bike in hot conditions. Whilst consistently featuring at the top of the charts for most of the day, the Spaniard wasn‘t shy to put in 81 laps in total and set a best time of 1‘44.437s on his penultimate lap to finish in second position, 0.366s off the front.

Teammate Rossi also made strides in the blistering Catalan sunshine. He started the day by setting the provisional fastest time of the session on his fifth lap, before it was time to switch his focus to the fine-tuning of his bike. The Doctor spent the day testing various settings along with the second new frame option and came back with positive feedback. After completing 71 laps, he ended the day in tenth place with a fastest lap of 1'45.635s, 1.564s from the top.

Following the progress booked today, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team have decided to stay at the Barcelona circuit for one further day to conduct a private test.

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Maverick Vinales, Catalunya Test Session 2017Courtesy of Movistar Yamaha

2nd: 1'44.437 / 81 LAPS

"We tried many things today, many new set-ups and some different settings on the bike and I was feeling comfortable all day. I‘ve been riding well, riding with a lot of confidence on the YZR-M1, so for me it was a good day. Overall for the test the feeling was really good, in the afternoon it was better with the very hot conditions and we completed many laps in the ‘45‘s and then ‘46's so I was quite happy.

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Valentino Rossi, Catalunya Test Session 2017Courtesy of Movistar Yamaha

10th: 1'45.635 / 71 LAPS

"It was a good day of testing because we had a lot of interesting items to try from the Yamaha side and I think it was a positive day because we have learnt a lot about the bike and where we can improve. At the end, the feeling was better even if we have not yet solved all the problems. Tomorrow we will have another day, with some further test items so we will try to continue the work."


"After the challenging Catalan Grand Prix, it was good to have the opportunity today to test in similar conditions and we are satisfied with the amount of work that we got done. Today‘s main goal was to evaluate two new frames that we brought here to test. Maverick tried some different settings and a different frame compared to yesterday‘s race bike. He could ride comfortably with a good pace, even on used tyres throughout the whole day. Valentino‘s focus has been mainly on testing the new frame, which gave him more confidence in the areas where he wanted to improve. Both new frames had some positive aspects confirmed by the riders and tomorrow they will switch frames between them."

For more information:

Pos. Rider Num. Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'44.071
2 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 0.366
3 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 0.901
4 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 0.932
5 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 0.975
6 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1.225
7 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 1.381
8 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 1.494
9 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1.511
10 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1.564
11 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 1.792
12 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1.826
13 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2.036
14 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 2.059
15 LOWES Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2.318
16 KALLIO Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2.334
17 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 2.419
18 GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar 2.984

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