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Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had a good first day of testing for 2017 in Valencia, despite a crash from which the Italian escaped unhurt. Topping the timesheets before lunch before being just knocked off the top by new teammate Maverick Viñales, the 'Doctor' ended the day 0.020 off P1 and completed 47 laps.
Valentino Rossi (P2): "It was a positive day, because I‘m second and the lap time was not so bad, but I did it with the old bike. With the new chassis the first feeling was OK, but after unfortunately I crashed because I put the hard tyre on the front, which on the right side doesn‘t give enough grip for our bike. I damaged the bike and I didn‘t have enough time to try it again, so now the guys are working and I will try the new chassis some other time tomorrow and we will see."