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By Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Rossi on Valencia test: “Quite positive”

9-time World Champion talks testing day two

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was P7 on the second day of 2017 testing in Valencia at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, as teammate Maverick Viñales topped the timesheets. Doing a lot of comparisons back-to-back with 2016 and 2017 equipement, the ‘Doctor’ believes there is still a lot of work to do – but has an overall positive first impression. Movistar Yamaha will next travel to Sepang next week for a test, joined by Monster Yamaha Tech 3, before the winter testing ban comes into place ahead of next year.

VR46: “It was quite a long day because we did a lot of comparisons between the old engine and new engine, old chassis and new chassis…we also tried some new tyres. We still have a lot of work to do. But it was a quite positive day. We need to work on the package in general – especially on the chassis. We need more time to find the right setting. And the engine – this is the first evolution so we also need to work on that.”

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