The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team commenced the fourth round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship today at a sunny Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto. It was a busy day for Maverick Viñales, who enjoyed two solid free practice sessions and secured 6th place in the combined timesheets. Valentino Rossi focused on his bike‘s set-up in the morning and made further steps in the afternoon, taking 16th position overall.
Position: 6th – 1’38.112 (FP1) / 17 + 18 LAPS
“It was a pretty good day, but, especially in FP2, I could only do two good laps, so there was no time to get into the rhythm and to get used to the bike. It‘s going to be important for tomorrow to make laps and understand the tyres and what the set-up for the race will be like. We have a few issues, so we need to keep working to try and solve them for tomorrow. The track conditions changed so much from FP1 to FP2, so I‘m not sure what to expect for tomorrow. I think a perfect set-up for FP3 won‘t be good for qualifying, because the temperatures change so much, but we‘re going to do our best.”
Position: 16th – 1’38.681 (FP2) / 20 + 20 LAPS
“We arrive here in Jerez, where we know we will have to suffer a little, because in the last few years we haven‘t been strong at this track. In fact, it’s like this again. We hope that we can be faster and stronger, but it was a difficult first day. I‘m not very fast and wasn‘t feeling very comfortable with the bike. We tried something in the afternoon, but we didn‘t fix enough. Now we have to check all the data and work hard this evening to try to improve. We don‘t have a particular problem. The bike is like it was in Austin, so it means the marriage between the tyres, the asphalt, and the bike isn‘t fantastic.”
Monster Energy Yamaha Team Director
“Today was a first examination for us. In the last two years we scored decent results in the first rounds, but we struggled here in Jerez. This morning we started reasonably well, but the real test came in the afternoon when the temperatures rose drastically. In the hottest conditions, during this afternoon‘s practice session, we faced more difficulties than expected. We haven‘t been able to be consistent with the pace and, apart from Maverick‘s fast lap, also the speed is missing. We tried most of the tyre specifications, both front and rear, which gave us an indication of what does and doesn‘t work for us. The expectations for today were better, but at least the riders have flagged the same issues, so the entire team can now join forces and work on a solution together. We‘re confident that we can prepare a package for FP3. That session will be very important to get into Q2.”