Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi successfully concluded the one-day MotoGP test in Jerez today, finishing first and second in today‘s session times.
After a brilliant race from Jorge Lorenzo yesterday, that saw him take the 55th victory of his career and teammate Valentino Rossi claim his 200th career podium, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team returned to the Circuito de Jerez de la Frontera today for an official MotoGP test. Lorenzo and Rossi spent the extra track time usefully and were able to improve their set-ups to finish first and second in today‘s session times.
Still elated from his stunning victory, Lorenzo had every reason to smile today as it was also his 28th birthday. Despite the fact that he was focusing on improving the set up of his YZR-M1, it wasn‘t long after he hit the track that he moved into second place. He concluded his morning stint by topping the timesheets with a 1‘38.516 lap, which remained unbeaten for the rest of the day by all but himself. During his afternoon outing he dropped another fastest time of 1‘38,508, which only his teammate got close to.
Rossi also made strides today
Similar to his teammate he steadily booked progress as he focused on improving his setting compared to yesterday. Though he was satisfied with his third place in the race, the Doctor is always looking for improvement and spent most of today‘s session testing small details of the set-up he hadn‘t been able to try during last weekend. He ended the day in second place with a fastest lap of 1‘38,550, 0,042s off his teammate‘s time.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP will analyse the gained data in preparation for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, held at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit in two weeks time.
Jorge Lorenzo: "I‘m quite happy after scoring the first victory of the season for me and also because I turned 28 today. I could feel the heartwarming response from so many people. I‘m back in the groove and I returned to the podium, so now I hope to keep this momentum going in the coming races like Le Mans, Mugello and Montmeló. Today we tested as usual here in Jerez, but we were only focused on different set ups with the bike. We had nothing special to test, but we fixed the basis of the bike for the future. I think we found out how we can take profit of some adjustments, so we are quite confident for the next Grand Prix!"
Valentino Rossi: "This testing day was positive. We didn‘t have many things to try, just some small detail of set up. We focused on improving the bike compared to yesterday and I am very happy because we could also improve the time we did in qualifying. I was happy with the podium in Jerez, it was a positive weekend, but we could have done better, so today we focused on the bike‘s set-up. We tried some solutions that we couldn‘t try during the race weekend. The results of these tests were interesting. In two weeks we will be at Le Mans and we have to do a good weekend. I like the track a lot, but first I need a few days off!"
Massimo Meregalli - Team Director: "Today was a good day, especially after a good weekend for us. Jerez left us a good feeling with both riders and we are glad Jorge is back on form. Also Vale did a good job despite having a few little problems finding the perfect set up for the race yesterday. We were able to achieve a very valuable double podium, which is very important, also in terms of the constructor and team championships. Today we worked mainly on comparing different set-ups with both riders based on yesterday‘s results and also focusing on the next race. We‘re all looking forward to Le Mans!"