Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales successfully rounded up a long weekend at the Automotodrom Brno today. Following yesterday’s Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceské republiky, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team riders were back aboard their YZR-M1s for an eight-hour test. They tried out a new aero fairing and new carbon front forks from Öhlins and some other items, and secured first and third place respectively in today’s timesheets.
Rossi had a productive day testing in the Czech Republic. He got straight down to business when he hit the track, comparing various parts and settings with positive results. The Doctor completed 52 laps in total, and really put his head down on the last stint to go top on lap 51 with a 1’55.162s, 1.930s quicker than his fastest time in yesterday’s race. He wrapped up the day leading with a 0.018s margin over his closest rival.
This morning Viñales needed little time to get back into the strong rhythm he showed yesterday during the race, and posted a best time of 1’55.679s just before midday. In the afternoon he gave the new aero fairing a try. His morning time remained unchallenged for most of the test, until the pace picked up in the final hours. The Spaniard responded with a 1’55.335s, on lap 64 of 69 in total, and ended the day in third place, 0.173s from his teammate, and is looking forward to the Austrian Grand Prix with a positive feeling.
Position: 1st – 155.162 – Laps: 52
“I’m so happy, because it’s been a long time since I was able to be in the first position on a Monday. I don’t usually like the Monday tests, they are a difficult part of my work. It’s important because we finished a good weekend with a good performance. Being in first position is always a good feeling. Between all the things we tried, we tried the fairing that was good. I have a good feeling, but that depends on the track, I don’t think that for example at a track like Austria this fairing will be very important. I’m happy. I like the fork, because it helps in the change of direction and the bike is easier and lighter, so it’s a good option.”
Position: 3rd – 155.335 – Laps: 69
“We were trying to get more acceleration, which is really important in Austria to get a good lap time. We improved and I feel happy again on the bike, I’m riding really good. We also tried many things with the electronics that we improved, so I’m quite happy. The carbon front forks from Öhlins feel much lighter, but anyway the effect wasn’t the one we wanted. We’ll try it again in Austria and let’s see how we do there. We didn’t try the two new front Michelin tyres, we wanted to keep the momentum going with this tyre and keep the best feeling for Austria.”
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – Team Director
“After yesterday’s race it was good that we were able to get extra dry track time and do some testing that we didn’t have time for during the weekend. Vale and Maverick tried the new fairing, the Öhlins carbon front forks and some other items. There were a few positive and negative points, but overall the rider feedback has been very positive. Maverick worked on the electronics and had a better feeling at the end of the test, and Valentino made a big step today, which resulted in him setting the fastest time of the session. The engineers will go over all the data that we’ve collected, and they will prepare the next steps forward. It’s been a busy first week after the summer break, so now we have our muscles all warmed up again and we’re ready to go to Spielberg for the next race in Austria.”
Zarco signs out of Czech Republic with 5th at Brno Test Folger makes solid strides forward
Monster Yamaha Tech3 team rider Johann Zarco continued his highly impressive progress aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 as he tirelessly lapped the Brno circuit today. The rapid French rider gained valuable insights as he focused on exploring setup options as well as sampling some new Michelin tyres. After completing a mammoth 70 laps, he set his best time on the penultimate lap and finished as the Top Independent rider. The findings leave him fully confident for the next outing in just a few days time.
Whilst Jonas Folger wrapped up the post Czech Grand Prix test in a thoroughly encouraging manner after posting the 8th fastest time as he gained valuable information for the remainder of the 2017 season. The young German tested electronics, settings and tyres as well as a new chassis which all heralded highly positive results. His best lap was only 0.139 behind his teammate, and now he eyes up the forthcoming Austrian Grand Prix with a new level of confidence.
Position: 5th – Time: 1’55.691 – Laps: 70
“After a solid weekend, but a tricky race, I was just happy to be back on my Yamaha today, yet the test went positively for me and we completed a lot of laps. The team and I didn’t test any new parts, but we looked at the setup of the YZR-M1 in order to improve the feeling and to try to always be fast yet relaxed. We did a good job and now I can also understand the bike a bit better, which allows me to give more valuable comments to the crew who can then enhance my Yamaha even more. Today I especially focused on the corner exit. When you start to struggle in a Grand Prix, it’s usually because of the rear grip and it’s sometimes difficult to have a solid drive and to follow the other riders, so I worked on this. Also, I tried the new tyres and the results were pleasing because we had a rear tyre that gave me a good feeling but it’s for next year. Additionally, I tried a front compound that Viñales likes, and I too am pleased with it. Today was positive and we made some interesting steps forward so let’s see how these results work in Austria.”
Position: 8th – Time: 1’55.830 – Laps: 48
“The test today was very positive for us at Brno and we definitely found some advantages that will help. I sampled a difference chassis, which was interesting and I really like it. The turning is a little bit better than the other chassis so we have decided to use it for the rest of the season. Yet, before we did this, we worked on the settings in order to solve the issues that we experienced at the weekend. All in all, we did a super job. The aim was to try to get more load on the front, and the results are very positive. In addition, the chassis was beneficial as well so we certainly made two steps forward. In the end, we are more than pleased about today and I am looking forward to Spielberg where we will try the new settings that we found, and also the new chassis.”