Phillip Island MotoGP test: Setup error halts Rossi’s progress

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Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi made a mistake with setup on his YZR-M1 and hit a wall in terms of laptime on day two of action at the Phillip Island MotoGP test.

Rossi, who celebrates his 38th birthday, put in almost the exact same laptime as he did yesterday while team-mate Maverick Vinales topped the table as the only man under the 1’29s bracket and eight-tenths quicker than his team leader.

“It was a difficult day for us, especially in the afternoon. This morning wasn’t so bad, we tried some different tyres but especially we worked on pace and it was quite good. This afternoon, we had some important tests to try on a long run and tried to modify something in the bike, but unfortunately it didn’t work very well. I wasn’t fast enough,” said The Doctor.

“It looks like we followed the wrong direction. I will go back to the box and try and understand for tomorrow. We hope that we can improve.”

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