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Viñales: “I must say that I am really confident”

Viñales: “I must say that I am really confident”

Top Suzuki honours for Maverick Viñales as the three-day Sepang test comes to an end after a rain hit Wednesday.

Early morning and midday rain saw the final day in Sepang interrupted, riders forced to spend multiple hours inside their pit boxes. Even with the rain both Team Suzuki Ecstar riders were able to complete the majority of their testing program and gather useful data for the engineers back in Japan. Throughout the test Viñales also tested many new 2016 parts for his Suzuki GSX-RR, excited at what 2016 may hold after a strong rookie season and the hard work done by the team back in Japan. The Sepang test concluded with Viñales setting a best time of 2’01.244 on the final day, putting him 12th on the overall combined timesheet. Before heading to Phillip Island for the second test of 2016, Viñales and Aleix Espargaro will head to Japan for wind tunnel testing.

Maverick Viñales: “After today I must say that I am really confident. The first two days didn’t leave me feeling so easy, but today, especially after the last two hours of testing, I would say I feel good. Today I could be performing both on a single lap and on the pace, although we have rolled only with hard tyres. We also had some troubles but it is normal since we are at the first test with so many new items. We did some improvements with the electronics but we still have room for improvement, if we will find a good way to interpret it we will be much closer to the top. There are some riders who really made the difference here, but also some other Factory riders who are not so far from us. I had really good impressions from the seamless but also importantly I feel happy with the new engine. We still need to better finalise the electronics to exploit its full power, but already at this point the power delivery and overall power makes me very happy. Now we go to Australia, Phillip Island is a track I like a lot and will be in summer, so there will be a lot of grip. The conditions will be very hot and we were pretty competitive there last year, it will be a good chance to test more things even though we know that the places where we have to improve on are those like in Malaysia, with less grip.”

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MotoGP, 2016, SEPANG MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, DAY3, Maverick Viñales, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR, #SepangTest

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