Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi took a huge tumble in the post-race test at Valencia yesterday. The rider also admitted that he and Yamaha have to do a lot of work on the second day of the test.
After the halfway point of the test session, Rossi crashed with the 2017 Yamaha M1, which sidelined him for much of the first day of the Valencia test.
Rossi topped the timesheets before the crash and towards the end of the session his new teammate Maverick Vinales claimed the top spot. The Spaniard was 0.02s faster than the Italian.
After the day one test, Rossi said, "Unfortunately, it was not a small crash, it was a big crash. We have just two front tyres soft, the tyre that we used in the race - but unfortunately we have to try to make more work on the new bike.
"We tried with the hard, but I don't finish the second lap. Fortunately, I'm ok, I was not injured - but unfortunately the bike was quite damaged, and this made us lose more than half of the day. Now the guys work on the bike, repair for tomorrow - I think tomorrow we have some work to do."
He added, "And the rest was not so bad, also because the lap time was quite good, I am in the second position so it is positive for the first day."
Rossi also admitted that he is comfortable and confident with the new chassis, but was not happy with the new engine. He said the engine is "not fantastic."
"About the chassis, the first feeling was good but unfortunately I did just seven-eight laps and when we start to work on the bike, I crashed. So remains a lot to do.
"The engine is the first evolution of the engine, but sincerely speaking I expected a little bit more, we are not fantastic, I think we have to work still."
Today, Rossi will be developing his 2017 Yamaha M1 and will surely try to top the timesheets. Stay tuned for more updates from the post-season test at Valencia.