Meregalli: No issues at Sepang

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s team director Massimo Meregalli says the recent three-day official testing at Sepang International Circuit went very well for them with no major issues.

Both Yamaha riders performed well, with Maverick Viñales topping the final days testing with a time of 1m59.368s and teammate Valentino Rossi was just 0.221s behind finishing fifth quickest overall.  

In an interview with the official MotoGP website, Meregalli confirmed that they were very happy with how things had gone at the three days spent testing at the Sepang track and felt things were on track ahead of the 2017 MotoGP season, which kicks off on March 26 with the Grand Prix of Qatar.

More official testing is scheduled to happen in Australia at Philip Island on February 15 and then in Qatar at the Losail International Circuit on March 10.  

"We are really satisfied. The way the development is going is good and smooth. We’ve never had any issues apart from the weather," said Meregalli. "We’re going to leave the track with good information and some good decisions, the only question mark is probably the new frame because here we had two different ones and most likely we will decide in Phillip Island which we will use for the start of the season. 

"One important thing is that almost every time, Viñales and Rossi choose the same items and same direction. That helps us to proceed with development quicker. I’m not surprised about Maverick’s speed anymore after what happened in Valencia.

"Next, Phillip Island is a completely different track and most good things you find there are more useful for the race there so we’ll work on setup for that – and Michelin will have some tyres to test there because it’s very demanding on the tyres. 

"For us, it’s important to leave Sepang with good information and having made good decisions."