JEREZ, Spain – The second day of the final pre-season MotoGP test was again played out in difficult weather conditions, with riders having to splash through a water-filled morning before being able to enjoy some dry track time later in the afternoon at Circuito de Jerez.
Valentino Rossi was finally given the conditions that allowed him to show his pleasure at being back on the Yamaha YZR-M1. In the afternoon’s dry spell and on a European circuit he knows well, the nine time Champion rose quickly to the top of the timesheets, staying there until the close of the day.
“Today’s test session was very positive for us,” Rossi said. “I’m so happy, especially because we used a different style of setting. It is very important for us to understand this setting, which can help and effect my riding style to ride the bike in a better way and stay more constant, especially with good lap times on old tires.”
Teammate Jorge Lorenzo, yesterday’s fastest rider in the wet, was just .015 second behind Rossi as today’s session ended, the reigning World Champion continuing to stay on the pace at the sharp end of the time scores.
Tech3 Satellite rider Cal Crutchlow was next in the standings, giving Yamaha the top three positions.