Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Boost Confidence in Brno Test

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Boost Confidence in Brno Test

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Valentino Rossi 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 were back aboard the YZR-M1s for an eight-hour test. the team tried out a new aero fairing and new carbon front forks from Öhlins and some other items, and secured first 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.

Valentino Rossi

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."

Massimo Meregalli

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. both riders  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. 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."