Today the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team seamlessly picked up where they left off yesterday in Australia.
Maverick Viñales made the most of the sunny weather conditions on the second day of the Phillip Island MotoGP Official Test today, working on his race pace and comparing chassis, ending the day in first place overall.
Viñales continued to show he is a force to be reckoned with at the flowing and fast Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit when just over an hour into the session he became the first rider to drop into the 1‘28s, setting a 1‘28.847s on lap 21.
With his time-attack out of the way, he used the remaining time of today‘s eight-hour session to work on the race pace.
The young Spaniard posted several series of consecutive 1‘29s laps to underline his protagonist status. He completed a total of 80 laps, all the while remaining unchallenged at the top of the timesheets and left the track this evening as the fastest man, with a comfortable 0.462s lead over his closest rival.
"Today we focused a lot on the race pace and honestly we did a great job, we made a big step compared to yesterday,” Maverick explained. “I‘m feeling more comfortable on the track and I‘m getting more grip from the tyres. I think we did a good job today, but we still have some work to do. We need to choose which chassis we like and decide on a few other things”
“We still have a lot of laps ahead of us. For sure I was trying to go faster at the end of the session today, but in sector three and four there was a lot of wind so I couldn‘t beat the lap time I set this morning, but I‘m happy anyway. I‘ve been fast with both chassis and all the time I‘m riding 1‘29-low and 1‘29-medium. Like I said, we‘ve made a big step today and we‘ll try to make another step tomorrow.”