Rossi returns to Jerez for testing. He is the last of the 19 riders to take to the track, but goes on to complete 52 laps – almost double race distance. Rossi spends the time trying the new Michelin front tyres with the rear fuel tank concept also making a return. However, both Rossi and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo prefer the conventional version.
We tried the bike more in the 2016 version with a different fuel tank. I felt better with the standard fuel tank so I think we’ll continue with the normal one. We didn’t have a lot of things to test today, just some small details. [Apart from the fuel tank] we tried three different front tyres, and we found something good; that was the most important thing.