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After finishing FP3 in the top five, Maverick Viñales sets his sights on a second row start for race day.
Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales was once again able to lap with the best riders in the world as the young Spaniard ended Friday fifth fastest. As the times tumbled in FP3, Viñales was one of just five riders to set a 1’54, his 1’54.976 a mere 0.337s back on the fastest time of the day. Able to make steady improvements throughout the day, Viñales is feeling confident of continuing the trend tomorrow and believes he can fight for the second row come Q2. Viñales has already had a front row start in the premier class, at the Catalan GP in 2015 when he was second. However, rule changes see Viñales unable to access the softer tyre in 2016, the Suzuki man proving himself on level ground now.
As the grip increased Viñales was able to go faster and continue building his confidence aboard the Suzuki GSX-RR. Q2 on Saturday will see Viñales and 11 other MotoGP™ riders duke it out for pole position in one of the most intense sessions of the weekend. In 2015 Viñales set a 1’55.245 to start 13th on the grid, there’s little doubt he’ll improve both his time and his position for the 2016 Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.
Maverick Viñales: “I’m satisfied with the work we have done today and the feeling I have. My best lap is good but more-importantly I feel confident with the pace. Today we tried the softer tyres and the times dropped significantly, but we need to finalise some set-ups and I think we could be even more competitive. We used the two bikes with slightly different set-ups and this allowed us to collect important information that will now be evaluated in order to understand how to exploit our potential even better for tomorrow’s qualifying, because I feel there are still some margins. The objective now is to keep the performance consistent and aim for the second row in order to be immediately competitive.”
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