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Fourth place in Austin saw Maverick Viñales take his best ever MotoGP™, but he wanted more as a lack of rear grip stopped his progress.
The start to the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas was less than ideal for Maverick Viñales who dropped from fifth to tenth on the opening lap. After the opening lap the Team Suzuki Ecstar rider was able to settle into his rhythm and quickly made up positions, catching his teammate by lap six. A thrilling battle followed, Aleix Espargaro and Viñales trading blows for a number of laps and producing some of the best action in the race. Viñales would break away from his teammate but a rapidly fading rear tyre saw him unable to close in on third position. Although it was his best ever finish in the premier class, Viñales was upset that he was unable to challenge for the podium. The Spaniard certianly has enough hunger for the podium.
His fourth place along with Aleix Espargaro’s fifth secured Team Suzuki Ecstar’s best result since returning to the championship in 2015. Both riders will remain in Austin for a private test on Monday to test various solutions in the hope of finding more traction. With 23 points, Viñales returns to Europe with eighth place in the MotoGP™ World Champion and tied on points with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). After three rounds in 2015, Viñales had just 15 points at this same stage.
Maverick Viñales: “Unfortunately we had some troubles with the grip at the rear tyre, I felt confident until almost half of the race, already thinking to be able to recover on the third place, but then the performance dropped dramatically and made the recovery impossible. At the end I decided to take the fourth and get to the finish. The result is positive, being fourth is my best result since I’ve been in MotoGP, but after the positive weekend it is a pity that we couldn’t finalise an even better result. We have a day here to test and find some more solutions for the future, especially with the rear grip.”
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