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Factory Yamaha team used 2016 chassis in Valencia race

Rossi finished fifth, dropping him to the same place in the riders' standings behind race victor Dani Pedrosa, while Vinales could no better than 12th.

A double DNF for Ducati meant Yamaha did at least get the consolation of securing runner-up in the manufacturers standings behind Honda.

"In the race, I think we had some issues with the rear tyre".

"Last night we changed the chassis, we take a chassis from 2016 to try to understand the way".

"We did this because the programme was to try the bike at the test on Tuesday and Wednesday anyway".

Vinales - who topped the two-day Valencia test in 2016 on the 2016 bike - had been struggling more so than Rossi at Ricardo Tormo, with the Spaniard unable to brake and turn how he wanted.

"Sincerely, it's quite hard to try to improve a lot in one day, and [it was] more or less the race I can do with the bike of yesterday". So we said: 'Why not today?'.

"For sure it was a risky choice, but with my (2017) bike we know more-or-less less where we are and sometimes in a race you can understand more than in 10 days of testing", the Italian explained. "But we are still competitive and I'm waiting for tomorrow".

"The feeling with the chassis was great", said Vinales.

"I feel good and happy that I started on a good pace this morning".

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider is confident of qualifying and racing with the soft rear tyre, which he will save by using the medium compound for set-up work. In the first session I struggled with the feeling a bit, but towards the end, I managed to improve gradually even if the gap to the front was quite big.

"I am enjoying every single lap, and hopefully tomorrow we can adjust the bike a little bit more to my style".



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