Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi continued their testing programme in a positive fashion today. The team-mates took sixth and tenth place respectively in the Day 2 timesheets of the Sepang MotoGP Official Test.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were back in action today at the Sepang International Circuit for the second of the three track days that mark the start of the 2020 MotoGP testing season. They continued to work through a number of different testing materials, taking sixth and tenth place respectively in today’s timesheets.
Viñales was keen to head out and continued working with different items that he evaluated over the course of the day. Getting back into a good rhythm over his first stints, he began to challenge his Day-1 time, even going under the 1’59s mark. He posted a best lap of 1’58.893s, on lap 41 out of 69 in total, and concluded the eight-hour session in sixth place, 0.321s from the front.
Rossi was also eager to get back aboard the new 2020 YZR-M1, to get to know it better and further improve its performance level. And he did. He improved 0.4s on his best time of the day before, setting a 1’59.116s on lap 38 out of 60. Knowing the setting was heading in the right direction, he focused on working down the items on his testing to-do list later in the afternoon and ended the day in 10th place, 0.544s from first.
Maverick Viñales: “It went quite well. I’m happy because I felt quite good on the bike and my rhythm seems to be very competitive. At the end we improved some things that were quite important. We understand many other points, and day by day we are getting more ready for the Qatar race. We improved quite a lot since this morning, especially the rhythm, that was the most important for us at this moment. Like I said, the first laps, trying to push on braking, the feeling is very positive. We have improved the top speed. We are at the level of some of the other manufacturers, and that’s always important.”
Valentino Rossi: “Everybody is very strong, very fast as always. We are not so far from the top. The second day was better than the first day because we worked a lot on the new bike. We need some more experience and some more kilometres, but today we already found something good, especially for the grip, and the pace with the race tyre is positive. For me, the bike has better potential than last year, but we need to work because also the other manufacturers are making steps, and like I said before, they are very strong. So, we need to continue to work hard, but it looks like we’re heading in the right direction.”
Massimo Meregalli: “Today we were able to confirm the positive points we found earlier, and we started working on the areas of improvement that we established yesterday. Out of today’s data we can conclude that the new bike has a better tyre life than we had the last years. Both riders were able to be consistent and fast, even with a lot of laps on the tyres. Tomorrow, we will be focusing only on the 2020 bike to finish the test plan and check all the items off our list. If we have any time to spare, we will also try to do a time attack.”