MotoGP: Rossi to test 2017 parts this weekend

Published: 01 September 2016

Valentino Rossi will undergo further analysis of the development parts he tested in Brno during practice at Silverstone this weekend. 

The nine-time world champion tested a new chassis and swing arm following the Brno Grand Prix two weeks’ ago and felt the parts were a step forward on the package he’s been racing for the first 11 rounds of the 2016 season.

In order to further evaluate these parts in a race weekend scenario, Rossi will test them on Friday at Silverstone before deciding whether he’ll use them in Sunday’s race, a move which could give the Italian a step up on team-mate Jorge Lorenzo who has seemingly been frozen out of Yamaha’s development plans.

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“The Monday test in Brno was very positive, I felt good with the bike and had good pace,” he said. “We had some new stuff, a different swing arm and new chassis and I had a good feeling with this. We need to confirm this feeling so we will try this tomorrow during the practices to understand if in reality it is better.” 

Despite winning in wet conditions at Silverstone last year, Rossi is hoping for a dry weekend. 

“In the last years I was always quite strong in the wet but personally, I would prefer it was dry as you know more what can happen and also because it’s more fun. We will work hard in practice and hopefully we can fight for the podium.” 

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