Valentino Rossi closed the official test after the GP of Catalunya from the tenth position, to a second and a half of the fastest time of the day (Marc Márquez, 1: 44.071). Despite the result, the nine-time world champion acknowledged that the sensations had been positive. At first, the idea of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team was to hold another test day at MotorLand Aragon next Wednesday, but has changed the plan and will continue one more day in Montmeló to confirm the data collected during Monday.
These are the #46 statements after Monday, collected by the Italian portal GPOne.com:
We had a lot of interesting things to try and we were able to learn and improve. I am not saying that we have solved all the problems. We must improve the rear grip, but the sensations are better ” .
About the new chassis: “It’s a bit different, and it improves my confidence with the front tire, which was what I wanted.” Now, the M1 is easier to ride, more precise and I like it more. Now, Japan will start working on the 2018 bike. “
Difference of criterion with Maverick Viñales: “I do not know if there is such a discord.” Maverick has had fewer problems with this bike because he has no history with Yamaha. However, there are no major problems. The two chassis are not too different, I can decide to use one and the other. Let’s hope Maverick tries it tomorrow [Valentino Rossi will prove the one that Maverick Viñales used on Monday] to hear his comments. “
Dovizioso’s performance and tires: “Andrea is definitely a title contender. This is a special season where the key is working with the tires. You can be at the top and drop low because there are five riders within 28 points, and Jorge Lorenzo and Johan Zarco are not far.
After the race of #CatalanGP, Valentino Rossi occupies the fifth place of the general, behind one point of Dani Pedrosa (4th) and five of Marc Márquez (3rd). The difference with respect to the leader, Maverick Viñales, is 28 points.