Rossi praises Vinales for "huge laptime" in Valencia test

Valentino Rossi says he was impressed with new teammate Maverick Vinales' Yamaha test debut in Valencia, dubbing the Spaniard's Wednesday benchmark a "huge laptime".

Vinales, who joins Yamaha after two years with Suzuki, spent the two post-season test days at Valencia riding the 2016-spec M1 bike.

The Spaniard was quickest on Tuesday by 0.020s over Rossi - and then set the overall best time of the test on Wednesday with a 1m29.975s.

"He was quite impressive already from yesterday, and today also more," Rossi said of his newcomer teammate.

"He was able to do a [1m]29[s], that's a huge laptime.

"I think it was a great debut for him."

Yamaha has "a lot of work" to do

While VInales spent the test adapting to Yamaha on a 2016-spec bike, Rossi trialled several configurations to assess the progress made for next year.

"Today we worked more, we did a lot of laps - and it was good work. We compared a lot the new bike with the old bike, the new engine with the new chassis also together," Rossi said.

"We have a lot of work [to do], for sure, especially about the engine, but also about the chassis.

"The first feeling is good, but we need something different in the setting, we need a little bit more time to understand the balance.

"We have to concentrate on the engine, the acceleration, try to have a good exit from the corner."

Asked whether he saw any improvement in the engine compared to Tuesday - when Rossi had dubbed it "not fantastic" - he said: "The feeling is very similar [to Tuesday]. It's just the first step but the first impression is [it's] not a huge improvement. We need to work."

Additional reporting by Matteo Nugnes

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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia November testing
Track Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Maverick Viñales
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing
Article type Breaking news