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MotoGP Phillip Island Test
Feb 16, 2017

“Today we had quite a busy day, because we worked a lot with the engine – which is different to the one we used here last year,” Marquez said. “That’s to say that we’ve had to readjust everything and during the morning we spent a lot of time in the box. In the afternoon we found a base setting with the electronics, but we still have work to do on that. I’m fast but like in Malaysia, we want to investigate well how it works. We also worked on the setup and in general it’s been a positive day. The weather has also been good – always important – and we hope it stays the same for the next two days.”

Although the day started out rough for Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, the nine-time World Champion redeemed himself and shot up to second on the timesheets.

“It was a good day, I’m quite satisfied,” Rossi said. “We started in a difficult way this morning. Before the break I wasn’t strong enough and because I couldn’t push at the maximum I didn‘t have a lot of feeling. We worked well during the break and in the afternoon the situation changed, I was a bit better. At the end, with the new tire, I was able to do a good lap and second position is positive for the first day. For sure, we still have a lot to do, especially on the long distance and we hope to have good weather also in the next few days.”

Rossi’s compatriot Andrea Iannone also had a rough morning, but once again the Team Suzuki Ecstar rider impressed, ending the day third and .492 of a second behind Marquez.

“This morning was very difficult for us,” Vinales said. “The team couldn’t find the proper setting to feel confident. I struggled a lot. But then in the afternoon, we changed some settings and improved step by step. At the final stage I was happy because the machine improved, as well as the feeling of the bike and the pace. This is a very positive outcome, because it means we have the capability to overcome very hard situations and turn them into a positive. As of tomorrow, we have the chance to work on pace as well as single lap performance, and also introduce some more improvements. We are on a good path. My crew chief is as new as I am with the GSX-RR and it’s very important for us to learn and get to know it at its best.”

Rossi’s teammate Maverick Vinales was unable to repeat his top form at Sepang and got shuffled back to fourth. But the newest member of the Movistar Yamaha squad was still able to take away positives from the first day at Phillip Island.