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Movistar Yamaha Test New Chassis in Catalunya

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.

Maverick Viñales - 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.

Valentino Rossi - 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.

Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director
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.

 

Folger Powers to 3rd at Catalunya Test – Zarco Closes Montmelo Visit in 7th

The Monster Yamaha Tech3 team riders got straight back on their Yamaha YZR-M1 bikes today as they achieved confidence boosting results at the post race Catalunya test. Jonas Folger impressively finished the blazing hot test in 3rd and as the top independent rider. The young German sampled a different chassis and also focused on the electronics of his bike. Whilst Johann Zarco continued the positive momentum by making firm steps forward regarding suspension settings as he ran on used tyres. After achieving success today, both riders now optimistically eye up the Motul TT Assen, which commences on the 23rd of June.

Jonas Folger - 3rd - 1'44.972 / 42 LAPS
"The testing went really well today. We sampled a different chassis, which was the main thing and I am happy that I tried it. It was more stable on the braking, yet we lost a bit of turning, unfortunately, but it was positive overall. Anyway, we switched back to the normal chassis and then worked on the engine mapping to help us at the end of the races. We found something that makes the power delivery smooth in a good way and which gives us drive. The team and I also found a few other useful things and we can use this information in Assen. In addition, we also played with the tyre pressure a bit to find out which area I prefer. I had a small crash when we were using the lower pressure, but it was nothing serious and now we know that this doesn't work for us. Overall, it was a solid weekend, especially after Mugello where we had some issues, but here we made a big step and worked in a great way. I'm looking forward to the next race in the Netherlands and I am sure that we can have a positive time there."

Johann Zarco - 7th - 1'45.452 / 33 LAPS
"The test was good for us and it is always nice to get back on the bike the day after a Grand Prix because the positive feeling is still there and you can compare a lot of things. This morning we decided to wait for the asphalt to heat up so that the conditions were similar to when we raced yesterday. When I went out on the track, we did our work on the same tyres and we focused on the suspension in order to get a better feeling and control so that I can enjoy riding more. In the end, I think that we did this well and I was quite fast with the race tyres. Therefore, it was a positive day, but I chose not to complete so many laps because it was important to rest myself and prepare for Assen. Overall, after a busy weekend, it is good to do a test like this where we tried different things with a relaxed mind. Monday was a happy day and I'm looking forward to the next race after a rest this week."

Test Results

1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 44.071s
2. Maverick Vinales SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 44.437s +0.366s
3. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 44.972s +0.901s
4. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 45.003s +0.932s
5. Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 45.046s +0.975s
6. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 45.296s +1.225s
7. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 45.452s +1.381s
8. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 45.565s +1.494s
9. Tito Rabat GBR Estrella Galica 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 45.582s +1.511s
10. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 45.635s +1.564s
11. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 45.863s +1.792s
12. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galica 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 45.897s +1.826s
13. Pol Espargaro SPA KTM MotoGP Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 46.107s +2.036s
14. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 46.130s +2.059s
15. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.389s +2.318s
16. Mika Kallio FIN KTM Test Rider (RC16) 1m 46.405s +2.334s
17. Alex Rins SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 46.490s +2.419s
18. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 47.055s +2.984s

Credits: 
www.yamaha-racing.com

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