Another weekend of MotoGP action was followed by an official MotoGP test on Monday in Brno. The Yamaha factory racing team were still celebrating another double podium finish from their riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo for the second successive race, and both riders are now optimistic about the rest of the season and 2015 after todays test.
Both riders completed the day in the top 5 positions with Lorenzo taking 2nd with Italian Rossi in 5th. Both riders tested the current 2014 M1 with Lorenzo then completing a few laps on the 2015 prototype bike before Rossi rode it in the afternoon session.
Both riders were confident with their work with Lorenzo stating “We tried a few things for the bike for next year and it’s quite good in some aspects, negative in others but in general better. We also tested some factors for this year. The chassis for next year seems a little more stable which is good.”
Valentino Rossi added “The first prototype of the new engine is a small step but it is a little bit better. We also tried the prototype of the new bike. We improved some things, brake and entry is not so bad but in acceleration my feeling is that we lose a little bit. So we have something good and something bad. We have to do some more work but it was important to test today. We also tried some small details for the next races but not so important for the rest of the season. Now we have to take the data from myself and Jorge who was very fast in the morning when the conditions were a bit better.”
So a productive day for the Yamaha team with Massimo Meregalli insisting “Today was a very important test as we were able to evaluate the prototype 2015 machine for the first time. It’s been a very positive day overall, we have managed to get a lot of useful data from both Jorge and Vale which our engineers will now take back to make the next steps with. The team will now take a short rest and after two very intense back to back races be ready to challenge again at Silverstone in two weeks time.”