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Valentino Rossi ended the final day of the Phillip Island test in fifth after making a decision regarding which bike he will use in 2016.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team’s Rossi set the fifth fastest time during the third day of testing in Australia. This last opportunity was one of the more challenging outings for the Italian as he focused on making a decision as to which YZR-M1 model he would like to continue to develop – the one more similar to the 2015 model or the alternative version.
Rossi was the last rider to head out on track, but he was quick to catch up with the other riders by pushing during long stints and moving up to fourth place before the weather once again put a halt to testing. He was able to pick up the pace further later in the afternoon when the rain subsided and set a total of 56 laps. His best lap of 1‘29.435s secured him fifth in today‘s ranking order, just 0.277s off today‘s quickest time. His fastest time of the test, a 1‘29.404s, puts him in sixth position in the combined standings, just 0.273s from first.
The team will now head back to Europe whilst the engineers return to Japan to process the data and further prepare the 2016 YZR-M1 for the start of the season.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team will regroup in Qatar for the final pre-season test on March 2nd, a little more than two weeks ahead of the opening round, also in Losail.
Valentino Rossi: “Unfortunately also today the conditions were not fantastic. In the end we only had one good day and that was yesterday, but it‘s better than nothing. Today we continued our job for a bit, especially we compared the two different bikes and I think we will use the bike that‘s more similar to last year‘s model. It was a positive test, especially yesterday, but also today. I feel good with the bike and with the tyres and my pace was not so bad, so I‘m quite satisfied.”