The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team wrapped up the second official MotoGP test of the 2016 season at the Phillip Island circuit. Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi have spent the last three days of testing battling the elements while working through a number of new materials and finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the combined timesheets.
Rossi and Lorenzo set the fifth and ninth fastest time during the third day of testing in Australia. This last opportunity was one of the more challenging outings for the riders as they focused on making a decision as to which YZR-M1 model they would like to continue to develop – the one more similar to the 2015 model or the alternative edition.
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 1:29.435 secured him fifth in today’s ranking order, just 0.277 second off the quickest time. His fastest time of the weekend, a 1:29.404s, puts him in sixth position in the combined standings, just 0.273 second from first.
Teammate Lorenzo was also eager to work down his testing checklist and was one of the first riders to leave pit lane to make the most of the dry conditions in the morning. Determined to give his engineer as much data as possible to base the next steps on, he completed a total 41 laps and set a fastest time of 1:29.760. Despite a small crash later in the afternoon, which left him unhurt but saw him end the day early, he took ninth place, 0.602 second from the front. His best lap overall of 1:29.357 has him placed fourth in the combined time sheets, 0.226 second from the lead.
The team will now head back to Europe while 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 2, a little more than two weeks ahead of the opening round, also in Losail.