22 November 2018
Yamaha rider quickest on both days to head Dovizioso and Marquez as the rain stays away to see a busy Day 2 take place
Maverick Viñales (Yamaha Factory Racing) got his 2019 preseason off to the perfect start after he topped both days at the Valencia Test, setting the quickest time of 1:30.757 to better second place Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso by 0.133 and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) by 0.154 as the premier class riders complete a busy day of testing in Valencia – the rain staying away on Wednesday.
For Viñales and teammate Valentino Rossi – who ended the test eighth fastest – another new spec of engine was available for them to test, after Tuesday saw them test the first spec of the 2019 Yamaha engine. Ending the test top can only be a good sign for the Spaniard, who managed to complete 57 laps on Day 2, setting his quickest time on his 50th lap as we saw a mini time attack occur during the afternoon. For the nine-time World Champion, a good haul of 63 laps were set as the Italian ended 0.614 off his teammate
Splitting the two factory Yamahas after Day 2 was the VR46 Academy rider and YZR-M1 rookie Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT). The Italian lapped 57 times as he continues to adjust from Honda to Yamaha – but that adjusting doesn’t seem to be taking the 2017 Moto2™ Champion long. Interestingly, Morbidelli was also riding with a new spec engine to finish Day 2 just 0.217 off Viñales, but he was on a 2017 chassis, the one Johann Zarco was riding while on a Yamaha. Carbon forks were also used by Morbidelli, while rookie teammate Fabio Quartararo got a valuable 63 laps (101 in total) under his belt as he impressed on his premier class debut – just 1.334 separated the Frenchman from the fastest time set.