Rossi 'not very happy' after second test
17 February 2017 – Valentino Rossi declared himself "not very happy" at the end of MotoGP's Phillip Island test, after lapping significantly slower than Yamaha team-mate Maverick Viñales.
Rossi finished second to Honda's Marc Márquez on the first test day, but was unable to match rivals' gains as the week developed, and ultimately dropped out of the top 10.
Rossi, having admitted to taking the "wrong direction" with set-up, ended the test almost a second adrift of new Yamaha arrival Viñales, who topped two out of the three days.
Rossi, reflecting on the final test day at the Australian Grand Prix venue, said: "We worked a lot on the pace for the second half of the race, because we suffered in that area last year.
"We tried something quite different, but in the end we didn't improve a lot, so we'll have to try something else.
"I think the bike has good aspects, especially the engine, but for sure this test was more difficult for me than the one at Sepang – I'm not very happy and we need to try to do better."
Viñales, meanwhile, described a "very positive test" on his side of the garage.
"We came here to try many items and now we got things clear and we already know which set-up we can start using in Qatar – we did a lot of work and I'm happy about that," he said.
"Today we concentrated mainly on race pace and I'm satisfied, but we're still able to improve."
Losail, venue for the Qatar Grand Prix, will host the final test on March 10-12.