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Maverick Viñales left the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini expecting a lot more than he achieved.
Team Suzuki Ecstar were one of several teams to test on the new Misano surface ahead of the grand prix, this had filled rookie Viñales with confidence and expectation. Unfortunately Viñales and Suzuki found themselves unable to exploit the information gained during the test and struggled from the first session. Conditions during the test were quite different to how they were during the race weekend, resulting in disappointment from the first session for Viñales.
Race day offered a new experience for the Spanish MotoGP™ rookie who had his first flag-to-flag race and was presented with the unique challenge of swapping bikes during the race. This challenge was made extra difficult as conditions changed back to dry and resulted in riders making an unprecedented second change back to slicks. In the face of this new challenge Viñales was able to bring home another two championship points and hold 11th in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings, ahead of his vastly more experienced teammate Aleix Espargaro.
Maverick Viñales: “Once again this weekend I must admit that I am disappointed, after the tests we were so positive about this race but at the end of the day we couldn’t exploit anything about the information we got from it. I have struggled since the very first session, I couldn’t find a proper feeling with the setting and I can’t understand why. For sure the conditions were much different from the tests but back then I felt very confident, so it is so strange to have such extremely different feelings. The weather mixed up things for sure, but we could have done better. Now we need to find some ideas and solutions, we still have many races and I’m sure we can improve further, everything helps to grow and learn, so I want to keep in a positive mood.”
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