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Viñales: “We know what we lack”

Viñales: “We know what we lack”

After a dramatic San Marino GP, Maverick Viñales returns to home ground at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon.

The 2015 season has seen steady improvement from the Suzuki GSX-RR as the bike and team on their return to the MotoGP™ World Championship. A flag to flag to flag race in Misano presented every member of Team Suzuki Ecstar with a new challenge, Viñales handled it well for a rookie to secure 14th position in the race. This point scoring finish enabled him to maintain his lead over experienced teammate Alexi Espargaro in the Championship standings. It has been an impressive debut in the premier class with only one DNF so far in 2015.

Historically Aragon has treated Viñales well in the smaller capacity classes, in 2011, during his debut season in the World Championship, the Spaniard finished a respectable third. During his lone season in the Moto2™ class, the then Kalex rider conquered the rest of the field to take victory by over a second from Tito Rabat, who would go one to be crowned champion. Another podium finish may be a tough ask come Sunday, but the Suzuki factory in Japan are working hard on new parts to help push the GSX-RR towards the head of the field.

Maverick Viñales: “Misano was a very tricky weekend. I had many expectations from testing and when you have expectations it is always tricky because you get easily upset when you get disappointed. In fact I struggled to find good confidence with my GSX-RR with the basic set-up we developed a few weeks before and this got me very nervous, which makes things worse. I spoke a lot with my team and I tried to calm down, in order to stay focused for the race. Unfortunately the variable weather conditions messed-up everything and we had to improvise. I know I can rely on very expert engineers and managers but we are a new team also when it comes to manage the various strategies ‘on-the-go’ so we had to strengthen our feeling with the bike very quickly.”

“It’s been positive as we now have much more knowledge about the machine in variable conditions and more confidence with each other. This is a further step that I have completed in my apprenticeship this year: not only improving my riding style but also managing the varied situations in a race. In Aragon we will keep on with this approach, we already know the track since we tested here a few weeks ago and I hope the conditions will be pretty similar, so that we can exploit the work we’ve done in testing. Now it is important to us to find more quickly the effectiveness with my machine and to exploit its potential at its best. We know what we lack, the factory is working hard to deliver us new parts and improvements as soon as possible; and we must keep on working.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Maverick Viñales, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

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