The Monster Yamaha Tech3 duo rounded out the second pre-season test in Australia with two solid performances, which leaves them fired up for the next outing in Qatar as the 2017 season gets closer. Jonas Folger delivered a determined and highly impressive showing by concluding the event in 4th and as the quickest rookie after finishing just 0.009 behind Dani Pedrosa and less than half a second from the front. Whilst, Johann Zarco dug deep as he gathered vital knowledge before speeding to a personal best that left him six-tenths behind his teammate and 0.200 back from Valentino Rossi. The third and final MotoGP pre-season test will commence on the 10th March, with the highly anticipated campaign kicking off on the 26th March.
Position: 4th - Time : 1'29.042 - Laps: 190
"Today was another good day and we can head home feeling positive for the future and happy about what we accomplished at Phillip Island. This morning, I got straight to work and I was able to cut my lap time further, which was a strong start. After that, the team and I tried a lot of settings on the bike but I was never 100% sure about which direction was the best one to take, despite the rhythm being quite good. Then, I started a race simulation but after three or four laps, I crashed at turn six. I returned to the track on my second bike that had a different setting, and after completing eleven laps or so, my confidence came back and I became faster and faster, which was very important. Now we know which direction we have to head towards and we will try again in Qatar. However, for the moment, we can be fully satisfied about what we completed here because the rhythm was good, the lap time was strong, we tried many options and we sorted a lot of things out, so we can all be really content."
Position: 15th - Time: 1'29.670 - Laps: 255
"The third and final day at Phillip Island went smoothly for me and now I am looking forward to the next track appearance in Qatar. Once again, the conditions were clear and sunny, which was good for my confidence and it meant that we could ride uninterrupted. I improved on yesterday’s best time in the morning and then I just kept working and completing laps. In the end, I am pleased about the distance that we covered today. This circuit is not one of my favourites but because of the number of lapswhich I rode, I am now able to understand the bike better and we can adjust and improve more settings. This is important for the next test because I know that I will be stronger at other venues."