It was a great day for both Maverick Viñales and Suzuki at the French Grand Prix, the Spaniard returning the Japanese brand to the podium.
Team Suzuki Ecstar have been making steady progress since returning to the MotoGP™ World Championship, Maverick Viñales' podium in France proof their hard work is paying off:
- Maverick Viñales finished on the podium for the first time since moving up to the MotoGP™ class at the start of 2015. He is the fifth youngest podium finisher in the MotoGP™ class since it became the premier-class of grand prix racing in 2002, after: Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo.
- With his third place finish in France, Viñales moves up to fifth place in the championship standings. This is the highest place a Suzuki rider has occupied in the MotoGP championship table since Loris Capirossi was fifth in the standings after the Chinese GP in 2008.
- This was the first podium for Suzuki since Loris Capirossi finished third at Brno in 2008.
- Viñales Suzuki teammate Aleix Espargaro finished in sixth position in France, resulting in the team picking up a total of 26 points. This is the highest points score for the Suzuki team since the Czech GP win 2008 when Chris Vermeulen finished sixth to back up Loris Capirossi’s third place finish.
- Both Suzuki team riders have finished in the top six in both of the last two races. The last time that Suzuki had two top six finishes in back-to-back races was at the Czech and San Marino grands prix in 2007.