After finishing 10th in yesterday’s MotoGP event at Jerez, Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi began testing at the same circuit along with the other MotoGP riders earlier today in hopes that he could determine why he struggled so much during the race.
Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse. Despite putting in 62 laps today, Rossi could only manage the 21st quickest time … nearly 2 full seconds off the lap time of the quickest rider. That rider was his teammate, which always adds “insult to injury”.
In the process of testing today, Rossi tried the harder carcass front tire used last year, hoping this would solve some of his problems. He also tried a new chassis. Nothing seemed to help, and Rossi was left with the conclusion that his Yamaha “does not have a good marriage with the tires.” He needs to figure something out quickly, because the next race is less than two weeks away at Le Mans.
Here are the results from the 2017 Jerez MotoGP test.
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