It was a fantastic two days of testing for the Movistar Yamaha team as Maverick Vinales made his debut and was quickest on both days, and despite a small crash for Rossi he was still able to make comparisons needed between the 2016 and 2017 engine and chassis for the YZR-M1.
What seemed to be a very extreme case of results that would lead to Marquez claiming the 2016 MotoGP championship in Japan ended up coming true. Both Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo crashed out, and Marquez winning the Motul Grand Prix of Japan meant he leaves his manufacturer's home round with the title. Teh Yamaha riders discuss their disappointment.
After starting a wet race at the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring on full wet tyres, the track dried out and Rossi made a late pit to switch to intermediate tyres. This proved costly as he only finished eighth after initially leading.
The Doctor will look to earn his first win in Germany since 2009, but the Italian will have to get past his Championship rival Marc Marquez if he is to stand any chance of winning in Sachsenring, Germany.
After a three week break the world championship returns this
weekend at the Sachsenring. With the weather set to rain, it will be
interesting to see who will take victory, especially with Marc Marquez’ record
What a day for the MotoGP class. History has been made at the Cathedral of Speed at the Motul TT Assen as Estrella Galicia 0,0 MArc VDS have claimed a MotoGP victory, the first by an independent team for ten years as Australian rider Jack Miller overcome the horrific weather conditions to claim his first MotoGP win.
Riders remained at the Circuit de Barcelona in Spain for the last of the in-season testing. British rider Cal Crutchlow was the fastest as the only rider to lap under 1:44 minutes. Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, and Marc Marquez are among the riders who discussed their findings after the test.
After a tough weekend, Rossi went on to win his first GP at the modified Circuit de Barcelona since 2009 after a hot battle on track with rival Marc Marquez... but is the feud now over? Emotional end to a weekend hit with tragedy.