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Viñales: “We have only tested the new tyres”

Viñales: “We have only tested the new tyres”

Maverick Viñales gets his first taste of Michelin tyres and impresses many as he ends the test in second.

There were various Michelin tests with full time MotoGP™ riders during the 2015 season but Team Suzuki Ecstar and Maverick Viñales opted not to participate so the rookie could focus all of his attentions on the 2015 season. With no prior experience on the new tyres, Viñales astounded many as he ended the two day Valencia test in second with a 1’31.163, just 0.103s shy of Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. Viñales chose  not to test the new 2016 electronics in order to fully understand the differences in the new tyres. Suzuki will now head to Sepang for a private test at the end of November before the winter testing ban. The official Sepang test in February will see Suzuki debut their 2016 bike, only the current 2015 model being used during the Valencia test.

Maverick Viñales: “This day has been positive for us, we could continue improving and my feeling is getting better and better. In these two days we have only tested the new tyres, because they were completely new for me and I needed to focus on their feeling, and I must say that I feel very comfortable. We still have a lot to do and so many areas that can be improved, but this is positive because today we started to better understand some behaviour of the bike on the tyres and make some first plans for future development. The grip at the rear is very positive, it gives me much confidence and I can take different lines around the circuit that I prefer.

“The front though needs some more work. I have had some crashes in these last two days and we need to understand what makes the front tyre suddenly lose grip. Our feeling is that the peculiarities of the Michelin require us to load more weight to the front-end, this can come from my riding style and also from geometry and set-up. For sure, we still need to learn a lot, we are only at the beginning of our understanding and definitely need to go more in-depth. The test in Malaysia will be crucial in this sense; they will be two days very useful for us as we will start to do some more important intervention in the set-up. Today’s result gives me much more enthusiasm, it is good when you feel that you have done a lot of work but you are comfortable because you also know where you can improve.”

MotoGP, 2016, VALENCIA MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, T2, Maverick Viñales

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