Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi completed three days of testing at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia as the pair gears up for the MotoGP season.
Viñales took fifth and Rossi placed 10th in the overall 2019 Sepang MotoGP Official Test results. The three days of testing was also the first chance to show off Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s brand-new paint scheme on the track.
Maverick Viñales: “The test was really good. I actually missed one time attack in the morning which I planned to make in the afternoon, but finally it was so hot that the tyre was sliding a lot, so I couldn’t improve my lap time from the morning. Anyway, I’m happy because on the race simulation I felt really good. I was really tired, but I felt good on the bike. Day by day the bike was working pretty similar, as in the last test. You always get positives and negatives testing new items. Now we have to come to a conclusion to see if we should bring the new fairing to Qatar. I also made some laps behind our rivals, so I could compare how our bike is working, and it’s not bad. There are just some small details left and that’s the most important. Last year they were some steps ahead, and now we are closer.”
Valentino Rossi: “I’m half happy because some things worked well and we improved our performance, other things from which we expected a lot unfortunately didn’t bring us what we need. So, for me, it’s good, because it’s the first test and we improved some things, but we have a lot of work to do. The gap is quite big, so we need time. I’m happy about the atmosphere and especially about the ideas inside the garage, it looks like Yamaha are very much concentrated on improving, so this is important.”
MotoGP’s second preseason test of 2019 takes place in Qatar from February 23-25.